Turnpikes date to the 1790s, when the first major U.S. toll roadthe Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike in Pennsylvaniawas built. In time, a toll road was built through Ohio, making travel easier for horsemen, buggies and Conestoga wagons heading west. A toll of two cents per every 10 miles was charged for horses, and additional tolls were charged for conveyances that were expected to wear down the road, according to www.ohioturnpike.org.
As Ohio's population grew, new concrete roads appeared along with automobiles and steel bridges. During the post-World War II boom, Ohio residents wanted to transport products more quickly, access distant cities and recreational sites more easily and alleviate traffic-choked roadways.
Ohio's leaders wanted a nonstop span of road across the state, and in 1949 the Ohio Turnpike Commission was created to oversee construction of the state's superhighway.
Following are some facts about the Ohio Turnpike:
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