ODOT Budget Facts

Information on the funding situation facing Ohio's transportation infrastructure.

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OHIO'S STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM

Ohio System Icons Rankings

Ohio has the nation's 4th largest interstate system, 2nd largest inventory of bridges, and 6th highest number of vehicle miles traveled. Ohio's 28 cents motor fuel tax ranks 29th in the nation.

As the crossroads of America, Ohio is within one day's drive of 60% of the U.S. and Canadian population. It is a hefty responsibility to keep this system in working order. 

Ohio One Day Radius

REVENUE

Value of Dollar 2003 vs 2019  $1 = 58 cents

Since the last state motor fuel tax increase in 2005 (passed in 2003), inflation has cut the productivity of our dollars by nearly half. Our dollar from 2003 is now worth just 58 cents.
Ohio Motor Fuel Gallons Taxed

At the same time, Ohio's motor fuel tax revenues have remained relatively flat over the last 15 years because fuel consumption has increased an average of only one-third of one percent a year.

Additionally, electric-only vehicles are increasingly prevalent and are projected to make up as many as one-third of the vehicles on U.S. roads by 2040. Currently, these and other alternative fuel vehicles contribute to the wear and tear on our roads, but pay no (or little) motor fuel taxes.

Debt Service Payments

Due to significant borrowing throughout the previous three administrations, before ODOT spends ANY motor fuel tax money for its intended maintenance purposes, we must first take $390 million to pay debt service.

THE COST OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE

Delayed Maintenance Roadway

  • In order to balance our budget for the next biennium, ODOT moved approximately $150 million in maintenance work that was once scheduled for FY 2020 into later years.
  • Delaying maintenance work may help us balance our budget in the short-term, but as every homeowner knows, delaying needed maintenance only results in higher cost in the long-run. 
  • The price of rebuilding a broken highway system is much, much greater than the cost of maintaining it properly in the first place. 
  •  A simple rural highway repaving project could easily cost three times as much if we are forced to wait five or six years too long to make the needed repairs due to excessive deterioration in the roadbed.

 

Safety

Not funding critical infrastructure projects puts the health and safety of our citizens at risk.

Crashes & Pavement Condition Chart

Deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and that more crashes lead to more fatalities. Poor road conditions contribute to about 1/3 of all highway fatalities. When road conditions deteriorate 25 percent, crashes double. When they deteriorate 60 percent, crashes go up by tenfold.

Safety Images, Shoulder, Hydroplane, Guardrail, Trees, Pothole

  • When road shoulders get run down, your vehicle could be pulled off the road.
  • When roads get run down, they hold more water and increase the probability of hydroplaning.
  • When trees are not trimmed properly, they can (and do) fall onto vehicles and pedestrians.
  • When guardrails are not in good condition, they will not keep your vehicle from plunging down the hill they are supposed to protect you from.
  • When pavement markings fade, both you and driver coming towards you at 55 miles per hour (or more) cannot tell where your lane ends and theirs begins.

Even potholes can injure far more than just your tires.

IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

  • Beginning July 1, there is no revenue available for any new highway improvement projects of any kind in any place on our system. There is no state money to address congestion in urban areas and we will be less able to fix dangerous intersections. 


Unfunded Project Maps

 

STATE OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INTERACTIVE MAP

Interactive GIS Map

Visit ODOT's GIS system to access dynamic and detailed maps of projected poor state pavement conditions in the years 2025 and 2030, current poor/closed bridges, and current safety improvement priorities. View maps zoomed to Ohio County, Ohio House District, and Ohio Senate District levels and custom toggle the visibility of system layers types.

Ohio House District Maps

Access printable PDF map outputs from the Interactive Map system for Ohio House Districts House District Map PDFs

Ohio Senate District Maps

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THE BOTTOM LINE

Due to flat revenues, highway construction inflation, and mounting debt payments, the Ohio Department of Transportation is facing a future where we cannot maintain the quality of the state highway system we have, let alone improve upon it. 

Without a change in the revenue available to ODOT to do its job, more roads and bridges will slip into a crumbling and potentially dangerous state.

 
HB 62 Transportation Budget Testimonies
Download the 2nd Testimony

Full text of the director's Feb. 21 statement before the Ohio House Finance Committee.
Download the 3rd Testimony

Full text of the director's Feb. 26 statement before the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee
Local Gas Tax Revenue

Estimation of Local Gas Tax Revenues

Download the ODOT Excel Spreadsheet Estimations of Local Gas Tax Revenues for State FYs 2020-2024.
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Budget Facts

Budget Facts

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Ohio Transportation Forecast

Director Marchbanks' Testimony 

Full text of the statement given by the director at the February 5, 2019 Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure.
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Testimony Video

Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure - Part 1

Gov. DeWine created a committee to study current Ohio roadways conditions and recommend options for maintaining and enhancing the state's transportation infrastructure. On Feb. 5, 2019, ODOT Director Marchbanks delivered a testimony to this committee. 
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