The legislation gives the Ohio Department of Transportation director the authority to change the speed limit on certain interstate highways, based on the time of day, traffic and weather conditions. For example, if lake effect snow were causing a white-out along I-90 from I-271 to the Pennsylvania state line, ODOT could lower the speed limit until conditions improved.
The variable speed limit program will be tried on I-90 as well as I-670 in Columbus and I-271 in Cincinnati. Rolling it out statewide would require legislative approval.
Here are some other items that the bill does:
* Earmarks $33 million for public transit, an increase of $10 million.
* Allows the use of ATVs and snow mobiles on state routes on South Bass Island between November and April.
* Cracks down on third-party websites that look like BMV sites and attempt to dupe people into paying extra fees.
* Authorizes the registrar of the BMV to set transaction fees as high as $5.25, up from the current $3.50.
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