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Posted On: 2/1/2012

Northeast Ohio Leaders to Provide Oversight, Analysis on Ohio Turnpike Privatization

 

 

Media Contacts: 
Nicole Dailey Jones, 216-263-4602, 216-338-0863 or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us  


CLEVELAND – Elected officials from across Northeast Ohio will announce a new group that will work to develop a consensus among Northern Ohio leaders on the potential and the pitfalls associated with privatizing the state’s only toll road.

“Many in northern Ohio are starting to express serious concern about the damage that selling control of the turnpike to a private corporation could do to our economy,” Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said. “The point here is to say: Not so fast.”

“We can easily boil the concerns down to toll increases, deferred maintenance and traffic spillover, but there’s still more to the story,” said Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally. “When it comes to a long-term lease of this size, the devil is truly in the details. We need to be sure that this is not a boondoggle and that our concerns are heard, understood and considered.”

WHO:
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
Lorain County Commissioner Ted Kalo
Mahoning County Commissioner John McNally
Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka

WHAT:
Northeast Ohio elected officials will announce a new group to develop a consensus among Northern Ohio leaders on the direction the Ohio Turnpike should be going

WHEN:
4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2012

WHERE:
Cuyahoga County Administration Building, 4th Floor, 1219 Ontario Street, Cleveland