The number of vehicles entering or exiting the Ohio Turnpike at the Archbold- Fayette interchange was down about 4.5% between 2011 and 2012, the Ohio Turnpike & Infrastructure Commission reported.
The Commission issued an annual report for 2012 last month.
During 2012, approximately 379,000 vehicles used the interchange, down 18,000 vehicles from the 2011 figure of 397,000.
The Archbold-Fayette interchange was the only interchange in the area to see traffic decline. It has the lowest traffic volume of any interchange on the turnpike.
Exit 13, (Bryan-Montpelier) experienced a .15% increase in traffic.
Exit 34 (Wauseon), the interchange with the highest volume in the area, was unchanged, at 696,000.
Traffic through Exit 39 (Lyons-Delta) was up about 3.3%.
Out of the 31 interchanges on the 241-mile turnpike (including the east and west entrances, or “gates”), 18 had traffic increases, 11 had decreases, and two remained unchanged.
Over the past 10 years, traffic through the Archbold
Fayette interchange has trended downward.
There were 426,000 entries and exits through the interchange in 2003. Traffic peaked in 2006, at 462,000.
Since then, traffic has been on a steady decline. Between 2006 and 2013, traffic is down by 83,000, a decline of about 18%.
The Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission reports all vehicles– cars and trucks– traveled about 2.78 billion miles on the toll road, up about 15.45 million from 2011, when the commission said there were about 2.76 billion miles traveled.
Tolls paid to use the turnpike were up 9.32% between 2011 and 2012, from $231 million to $252 million.
Drivers of passenger cars paid about $112.4 million in tolls in 2012; trucks paid about $140 million.
The Commission reported operating revenue of about $271.9 million in 2012, up 8.1% from 2011.
Operating costs increased by about 2%, to $171.3 million.
The Commission reported an operating income of $100.5 million for 2012, up almost $17 million, or 20.3%, from the 2011 figure of $83.6 million.