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Should $1 billion go towards fixing Northeast Ohio's roads?
The head of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study says the priority needs to be fixing roads, rather than building new ones
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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With the latest transportation budget bill earmarking more than $1 billion for Northeast Ohio transportation, the head of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study says he wants to redirect those dollars. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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In a presentation last week, transportation head Jason Segedy said he wants to spend less money on adding highway lanes, and instead put the funds toward maintaining existing roads. Segedy says additional highways create more sprawl in an area with a declining population. He says his reasoning is based on the culture of Northeast Ohio.

“Funding is very limited right now, the gas tax hasn’t gone up in over 20 years at the federal level, and our region is losing people. (So) we have to be very deliberate about how it’s spent. I do worry that we’re currently paying too much attention to building infrastructure and not spending enough time worrying about what we already have.”

Segedy is also calling for an increase in state and federal gas taxes and more toll roads and bridges.
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