Ohio Turnpike plans public meetings on proposed toll hike

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The Ohio Turnpike Commission will hold the first of three meetings Aug. 29 in Toledo to gather public comment on a proposed toll increase.

Under the proposal, a Class 8 trucker would pay $33.50 instead of the current $31 to drive the 241-mile road next year. For the same trip, passenger cars would pay $10.25 instead of $8.95.

Gov. Bob Taft reportedly is against the increase. Two years ago, the Republican governor temporarily lowered tolls and increased truck speed limits on the turnpike to lure big rigs off secondary roads.

Truckers can express their opinion on the proposal by:

  • E-mailing the commission;
  • Writing Gary Suhadolnik, executive director, Ohio Turnpike Commission, 682 Prospect St., Berea, Ohio 44017; or
  • Speaking at the commission’s first meeting, which is 7 p.m. Aug. 29 in the first-floor hearing room at Toledo’s One Government Center.
  • A commission spokesman said dates for the other two meetings and a deadline for receiving comments have not been set.