State will pay to rebuild Ohio Turnpike ramps

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The state says the Ohio Turnpike will pay to rebuild collapsing ramps that lift many local roads up to bridges over the toll road.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission and Sandusky County have argued for years over responsibility for repairing the collapsed ramps.

The (Toledo) Blade ( ) reports that the Ohio General Assembly settled the squabble by declaring that the turnpike is duty-bound to rebuild 11 failing embankments. The work is expected to be done next year.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has set up a $5 million annual program to pay for turnpike projects that primarily would benefit local motorists or residents.

The transportation department chief met this week with Toledo-area transportation leaders to explain the program.