Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be in Youngstown today to release details about the future of the Ohio Turnpike, which it appears will remain a public asset instead of being leased to a private company.
He is scheduled to speak at Cerni Motors at 3:15 p.m.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that instead of trying to lease the 241-mile toll road, Kasich will try to generate money from it by issuing new debt against it or redirecting revenue from tolls to other infrastructure projects.
Other states have refinanced turnpike bonds at lower rates or used automated toll collection to save money.
A news release from the governor's office says he plans to announce new strategies for filling the state's $1.6 billion highway budget deficit.
The stop is the third Kasich is making in communities across northern Ohio today. The others are in Toledo and Cleveland.
State elected officials from Trumbull and Mahoning counties have been unified in their opposition of efforts to lease the road, saying they are worried that making the road private would lead to higher tolls, less maintenance and a traffic shift to other routes.