TRIP announced those findings from a new report, "Modernizing Ohio's Transportation System: Progress and Challenges in Providing Safe, Efficient and Well-Maintained Roads, Highways and Bridges," today at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
"What our report points out is that certainly there's a cost to improving the transportation system, but there's a far higher cost when you don't make those improvements," said Rocky Moretti, TRIP's director of policy and research.
Regional leaders hope to use the data to get the public and lawmakers to support funding increases for road and bridge improvements.
Current funding levels aren't cutting it, according to Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner.
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"What we can afford to buy with that money is down because of inflation in general," Gruner said. "Now the gas tax or revenues are starting to go flat or go down because of more fuel efficient vehicles, electric vehicles and hybrids."
The report highlighted the following Dayton area road projects that lack adequate state and local funding to proceed with construction through 2023:
- I-70/75 Improve access to Dayton Airport and US 40 interchange
- U.S. 35 New interchange at Valley/Trebein Road
- U.S. 35 Modification of Woodman/SR 835 and Smithville Road interchange