The Ohio Turnpike has closed out a record year at its tollbooths, which collected $236 million from motorists in 2010.
The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland reports the new high for toll revenue was a result of more traffic than expected and toll increases that took effect in the fall of 2009.
The money will help the Turnpike Commission undertake an estimated $74 million in projects during 2011 to improve service plazas and portions of road.
Near Sandusky, a five-mile stretch of original pavement — put down when Dwight Eisenhower was president — will be replaced. A 2009 analysis done for the turnpike identified that section of road as being in particularly bad shape.
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