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Ohio Turnpike chief talks about summer construction plans

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NEW SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -

Drivers won't see too much construction on the Ohio turnpike this summer, as long as they stick to the eastern portion of the toll road.

During a stop in New Springfield on Friday, Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole said the majority of the construction will be in the western half of the state this season.

Cole also told 21 News he doesn't expect any major jumps in toll costs.

He says there will be just 2.7% increases each year until 2023. 

Cole joined local gardening clubs to install pollinator gardens at the Mahoning Valley service plazas.

The idea is to "green up" these rest stops with 15 different Ohio native plants which will bloom throughout the summer months. 

"It's to give a little of that Ohio natural flora to visitors who may not know how beautiful Ohio is instead of just seeing Jersey barrier and concrete but it's more important for our environment, we are loosing our native pollinators, we are losing bees and butterflies, so along 241 miles right-of-way, we've put some of these special plants in," said Cole.

Cole says more vehicles traveled on the Ohio Turnpike last year, than ever before, almost 55 million vehicles.

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