Ohio lawmaker pushes bill to provide money for pothole fixes


Mike Fox, left and Brandon Barnett, employees with Lima Street Department, fill potholes with hot asphalt along the 800 block of Delphos Ave on Tuesday. Fox and Barnett will fill over 20 potholes a day, weather permitting.  Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

Mike Fox, left and Brandon Barnett, employees with Lima Street Department, fill potholes with hot asphalt along the 800 block of Delphos Ave on Tuesday. Fox and Barnett will fill over 20 potholes a day, weather permitting. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News


CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio’s Senate minority leader is pushing a bill that would immediately give $30 million to communities to fill rim-rattling potholes.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports Sen. Kenny Yuko, a Richmond Heights Democrat, says constituents have been complaining about potholes after a harsh winter of sub-freezing temperatures. Yuko says the one-time payment would come from Ohio’s $2 billion rainy day fund.

Yuko cited East Cleveland, one of the poorest communities in the state, which needs money to smooth out the city’s pothole-cratered main thoroughfare, Euclid Avenue.

He also pointed to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2017 Infrastructure Report Card that estimates Ohio motorists spend an average of $475 a year on pothole-related repairs.

Mike Fox, left and Brandon Barnett, employees with Lima Street Department, fill potholes with hot asphalt along the 800 block of Delphos Ave on Tuesday. Fox and Barnett will fill over 20 potholes a day, weather permitting. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/03/web1_Potholes_01co.jpgMike Fox, left and Brandon Barnett, employees with Lima Street Department, fill potholes with hot asphalt along the 800 block of Delphos Ave on Tuesday. Fox and Barnett will fill over 20 potholes a day, weather permitting. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

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