COLUMBUS—On Tuesday, State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) addressed the 70th Annual Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) in Columbus. For 70 years, OTEC has been the place for transportation professionals to learn about and discuss new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state.

LaRose, who serves as the Chairman of the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee, provided a preview of future strategic transportation initiatives and shared his experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an equipment operator and six years in an Ohio National Guard Army Special Forces unit. In his remarks, LaRose acknowledged the challenges that lie ahead with our aging highway system and infrastructure while also emphasizing the importance of innovation in the transportation industry as an essential catalyst for developing and maintaining Ohio’s transportation systems.

“From installing the first traffic signal to being the birthplace of aviation, innovation has always been a driving force behind maintaining Ohio's transportation system,” said LaRose. “For a state like Ohio that makes things and grows things, an excellent transportation infrastructure system is critical to our economy.”

Transportation industry professionals, government officials, consultants, students and university personnel and ODOT employees attended the 70th annual meeting of this statewide conference. ?OTEC is a two-day event attended by over 3,750 people nationally. OTEC is organized to provide something for everyone interested in Ohio’s transportation industry. The program aims to address the latest policy and technical information, as well as covering new ideas in transportation policy, planning, environmental, design, construction, maintenance, operation, local government, and management of transportation resources. 

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