COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Transportation says delaying major highway projects could cost about $148 million in ongoing repairs. Highways Department director Jerry Wray has asked the agency's review council to delay construction starts for 34 projects that had been scheduled through 2017. Three projects would be pushed back a year or two, but 20 others would face delays of at least a decade because Ohio doesn't have the money right now.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Sunday that maintaining downtown interstates in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati during reconstruction delays of five to 18 years would cost a fraction of the current replacement estimates of almost $1.6 billion. But the $148 million repair total is still more than the combined cost of the 14 cheapest building projects on ODOT's priority list.