Kasich: Expect Turnpike Announcement This Week
Gov. John Kasich is hinting strongly that a plan to lease the Ohio Turnpike is coming by the end of the week. Gov. John Kasich has been talking about his turnpike plans for months, but not releasing many hints, other than to say that he considers the toll road an undervalued asset. On Monday, he gave a group of county commissioners and county engineers advice on how to consider the turnpike. âYou have some very important equipment that you have to service all the time. But itâs sitting in a barn somewhere. And itâs on your books. How many of you would allow that to just sit there? Youâd try to figure out how to use that asset for sure because it means real money, real value for the citizens.â? Kasich also told the group "the bulk of this money will be spent in the north," implying that there is a plan for a lease. But Kasich wouldnât offer reporters much of a preview. âWhat I would say about it is itâs definitely a jobs program and we also are taking into account a lot of the concerns that we heard up north. We think weâve arrived at the right place and weâll have a lot more to say about this.â? Kasich says heâll roll out the plan on Thursday and talk about it throughout the state.