Ohio proposal to boost speed limit poised for vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A proposal to increase Ohio's speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstate highways is poised for a state Senate vote Wednesday.

The expected vote comes after a legislative panel worked out differences between House and Senate versions of the transportation bill.

Under the measure, the Ohio transportation department would set the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outerbelts in urban areas at 65 mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55 mph.

The bill also sets in motion Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) plan for a $1.5 billion Ohio Turnpike bond sale that would raise money for highway and bridge projects.

Negotiators kept a provision that guarantees 90 percent of the turnpike bond sale would go to projects in northern Ohio, specifically within 75 miles of the turnpike.

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