Governor Signs Transportation Budget, Eastern Corridor’s Are Days Numbered

This week Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the $7 billion biannual Transportation Budget that funds statewide transportation-related projects.  Included in that budget was a provision, inserted by State Rep. Tom Brinkman, requiring a deadline for action on the Eastern Corridor project by the end of the year.

The statement below was issued by Rep. Brinkman’s statehouse office and provided here as a courtesy to our supporters:


Rep. Brinkman Applauds Governor Kasich’s Signing of Transportation Budget
House Bill 53 includes provision related to Eastern Corridor highway project

COLUMBUS—State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) today applauded Governor Kasich’s signing of House Bill 53, the state transportation budget.

The final bill included a provision submitted by Rep. Brinkman related to a construction project on the Eastern Corridor. Specifically, HB 53 requires the Director of Transportation to submit written notice to the Ohio House and Senate regarding the recommended preferred alignment of the connector between Red Bank Road and Bells Lane, otherwise known as the “Eastern Corridor.”

The provision offered by Rep. Brinkman that became part of the final version of the bill, includes a strict deadline for the Director’s written notice, which is to be submitted by the end of this year.

“I am encouraged that the governor signed this bill that includes a strict timeline for the Department of Transportation to make a decision on the Eastern Corridor project,” Brinkman said.

Gov. Kasich signed the transportation budget Wednesday morning at Daifuku America Corporation in Reynoldsburg, a suburb east of Columbus. The bill provides funding for about 1,600 infrastructure projects statewide.