tolls http://wfpl.org en Brent Spence Bridge Project Funding Is Washington's Responsibility, Ky. Lawmaker Says http://wfpl.org/post/brent-spence-bridge-project-funding-washingtons-responsibility-ky-lawmaker-says <p>Northern Kentucky business and labor leaders want the $2.6 billion renovation of the Brent Spence Bridge funded in any way possible, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut many state lawmakers aren’t willing to support one option—tolls—in an election year.</span></p><p>There's just not much money for new infrastructure, with a state highway trust fund poised to dip into the red pending federal inaction, and road receipts projected to decline in the future due to high gas prices and more fuel efficient cars.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9655 at http://wfpl.org Brent Spence Bridge Project Funding Is Washington's Responsibility, Ky. Lawmaker Says Tolls Approved For Ohio River Bridges Project http://wfpl.org/post/tolls-approved-ohio-river-bridges-project <p>A joint committee has unanimously approved toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project after years of research and debate.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky and Indiana officials have maintained tolls must be used to pay off the project’s costs to build a new East End and downtown I-65 bridge and to rework Spaghetti </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Junction</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 6802 at http://wfpl.org Tolls Approved For Ohio River Bridges Project Ohio River Tolling Body Scheduled to Approve Tolls Wednesday http://wfpl.org/post/ohio-river-tolling-body-scheduled-approve-tolls-wednesday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After delaying action on toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project last week, the bi-state committee in charge of setting rates will meet Wednesday morning to finish the job.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a surprise to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock last week, when <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-delays-approving-tolls-rates-kentucky-fears-higher-project-costs-result">Indiana officials said they weren’t ready</a> to approve tolls.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:49:00 +0000 Devin Katayama 6782 at http://wfpl.org Ohio River Tolling Body Scheduled to Approve Tolls Wednesday Committee Expects To Approve Ohio River Bridges Tolls Thursday Morning, Rates Still Uncertain http://wfpl.org/post/committee-expects-approve-ohio-river-bridges-tolls-thursday-morning-rates-still-uncertain <p>The Indiana and Kentucky bi-state tolling body will meet Thursday morning and decide toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, but those rates are subject to change if the project’s costs change, officials say.</p><p>Tolls have not been met with open arms by everyone, but bi-state officials say tolls are a necessary funding mechanism for new East End and downtown bridges and the reconstruction of Spaghetti Junction.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:45:19 +0000 Devin Katayama 6718 at http://wfpl.org Committee Expects To Approve Ohio River Bridges Tolls Thursday Morning, Rates Still Uncertain Study: Ohio River Bridges Project Tolls Should Range From $1 to $12 http://wfpl.org/post/study-ohio-river-bridges-project-tolls-should-range-1-12 <p>The Ohio River Bridges Project can be financially supported through a toll costs ranging from $1 for frequent drivers to $12 for heavy trucks plus fees, said a study released Friday.</p><p>There are hitches—the study assumes a 2.5-percent rate annual rate increase.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:16:50 +0000 Joseph Lord 6674 at http://wfpl.org Study: Ohio River Bridges Project Tolls Should Range From $1 to $12 Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported http://wfpl.org/post/ohio-river-bridges-tolls-will-cost-commuters-more-reported <p>Tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will likely cost commuters more than reported after officials add the administrative fees for processing payments.</p><p>The Indiana and Kentucky Tolling Body is expected to approve tolls next week to help pay for the Bridges Project, which incudes&nbsp;a new East End and downtown bridge and the reworking on Spaghetti Junction.</p><p>When the bridges open, there will be no physical person collecting tolls.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:31:42 +0000 Devin Katayama 6634 at http://wfpl.org Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported Yarmuth Addresses ORBP Approval http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-addresses-orbp-approval <p>U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., addressed<a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/federal-government-approves-tolls-bridges-project"> </a><a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/federal-government-approves-tolls-bridges-project">final approval of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project</a> by the federal government.</p><p>The Federal Highway Administration announced Wednesday it will allow Kentucky and Indiana to charge motorists a fee to use Interstate-65 (Kennedy Bridge) and the two new spans that are schedule to be built.</p><p>Details on tolling are still being worked out, but Yarmuth sidestepped that portion of the press release and rather focused on looking forward to the first phase.</p><p>From Yarmuth&#39;s office:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This is the final signature needed from the federal government to begin construction of the Bridges Project,&quot; Yarmuth said. &quot;I received personal assurances from Transportation Secretary LaHood and President Obama that the federal approval process would be expedited, and they have followed through on those commitments. Nothing else stands in the way of construction, and I look forward to breaking ground on the East End Bridge later this month.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1191 at http://wfpl.org