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If you drive Ohio highways you may have noticed more flowers and taller grass on the side of the road.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun planting wildflowers along highways across the state with the goal of creating habitats for pollinators.

Each site requires $400 to get started, but ODOT press secretary Matt Bruning said the project will save Ohio taxpayers millions.

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More than 9,000 bike helmets will be handed out for free this year thanks to a safety program called "Put a Lid On It" from ODOT and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Five roads in southwest Ohio damaged by recent weather events could be repaired with federal funding. Earlier this week, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency, which starts the process of applying for relief funding.

The committee reviewing the financial situation facing the Ohio Department of Transportation heard testimony for a second day today – and is expected to release a report recommending funding solutions very soon. It seems likely that an increase in the gas tax will be part of it. The leader of the Ohio House says he’s willing to talk about it.

The road ahead is rough for the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to the agency’s director.

The state department of transportation has a bigger job than usual in changing the 36 road signs at Ohio’s borders that feature the new governor’s name. 

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), DriveOhio and the City of Marysville are ramping up what will be the largest-ever connected vehicle project in the U.S.

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Work to improve connectivity between Hamilton and Clermont counties is continuing, but for now, planners need public input.

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Ohio is trying something new in an effort to stop drivers from going the wrong direction on highway exit ramps.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to spend $2.35 billion on roads and bridges this year. That includes replacing more than 5,600 miles of pavement.

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Ohio has its foot on the gas accelerating an effort to grow its self-driving vehicle industry. After success last fall, The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO are planning more tests this spring and summer for self-driving tractor trailers across Ohio's northern corridor.

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If you drive I-75 through Downtown regularly you've probably noticed something that's gone missing.

Brush removal crews are tearing out vegetation on both sides of the highway heading south from the Western Hills Viaduct.

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Beginning April 29, the ramp from State Route 562, the Norwood Lateral, to southbound I-75 will close. It's part of a highway widening project. The closure is expected to last 28 days.

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Cincinnati is now cleaner following the removal of more than 1,000 bags of trash over the weekend in a Keep Cincinnati Beautiful event.

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Different organizations, like the Community Organizing Committee, Cincinnati Parks, and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. have been working on making the area look as good as possible for the national attention that will come with the All-Star Game.  The Ohio Department of Transportation has also contributed to that effort.

Traveling in and through Downtown Cincinnati this weekend could be slightly challenging because of two different construction projects.  

Starting Friday at 7 p.m. and continuing through Monday at 6 a.m., Third Street will be closed between Main and Broadway so crews can install tracks for the streetcar system.

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Construction work begins Tuesday on a $30 million project to improve the Lytle Tunnel in downtown Cincinnati.  It will mean lane restrictions and periodic weekend shutdowns of the interstate for the next two years.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has a busy year ahead.  Acting District 8 deputy director Gary Middleton announced the beginning of the construction season Monday afternoon.

“To many Ohioans, construction season means orange barrels and potential delays,” Middleton says.  “However construction season means more than that.  It’s an investment in our state’s transportation system that is vital to our economy and vital to job creation in Ohio.”

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The Ohio Department of Transportation says the field review of the Interstate 75 off-ramp collapse took less time than expected, meaning the clean-up and repairs were finished sooner than anticipated.  ODOT spokesman Brian Cunningham says the only damage to the four southbound lanes of I-75 was a two-foot by two-foot hole.

“Speculation was there were going to be multiple areas that would need to be fixed.  And that just wasn’t the case,” Cunningham says.  “And so when the assessment was done, it was evident that there was just one particular area that had damage to it.”

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Taxpayers will pick up the tab for an $8 million study of the impact of a reconstructed Brent Spence bridge on traffic, noise and the effect tolls will have on minorities and low-income persons.

The Ohio Controlling Board released the money Monday at the request of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

ODOT spokesman Brian Cunningham said the state of Ohio is in the process of working out a “memorandum of understanding” with the state of Kentucky. Once that is finished, Cunningham said, Kentucky will reimburse Ohio for half of the $8 million.

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