Ohio River Bridges Project

Local News
1:37 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tolls Approved For Ohio River Bridges Project

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee built this model of the East End Bridge.

A joint committee has unanimously approved toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project after years of research and debate. 

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 Junction.

Opposition to tolling has been met with equal force by bridge officials who haven't backed down to business owners and residents who say tolling will disproportionately affect certain Indiana businesses and minority and low-income commuters.

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3:49 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Ohio River Tolling Body Scheduled to Approve Tolls Wednesday

The Kennedy I-65 bridge will be one of three that will collect tolls as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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. 

It was a surprise to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock last week, when Indiana officials said they weren’t ready to approve tolls.

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Committee Expects To Approve Ohio River Bridges Tolls Thursday Morning, Rates Still Uncertain

Artists rendition of the East End Bridge, one of three that will be tolled to pay for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

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.

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.

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Local News
4:16 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Study: Ohio River Bridges Project Tolls Should Range From $1 to $12

The planned downtown bridge.
Credit Doe-Anderson

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.

There are hitches—the study assumes a 2.5-percent rate annual rate increase. 

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported

This is a transponder that frequent commuters can use.

Tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will likely cost commuters more than reported after officials add the administrative fees for processing payments.

The Indiana and Kentucky Tolling Body is expected to approve tolls next week to help pay for the Bridges Project, which incudes a new East End and downtown bridge and the reworking on Spaghetti Junction.

When the bridges open, there will be no physical person collecting tolls.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says instead commuters can choose one of three ways to cross the bridges and pay.

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Local News
6:51 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Residents Want Compromises On Tolling Ohio River Bridges

Nolan Starks owns a company that transports patients between Indiana and Kentucky several times a day.

Several residents say more needs to be done before the Ohio River Bridges Project finalizes its tolling plan  and many have expressed concern this week that low-income commuters will be disproportionately affected by crossing the bridges.

“People raise legitimate questions and make legitimate points and [those] will be taken into consideration,” said Kentucky Transportation Department spokesman Chuck Wolfe at the second public forum offered this week by the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Wants Thoughts on Minimizing Toll Costs for Low-Income, Minority Drivers

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The Ohio River Bridges Project is seeking public comment on a report looking at the economic impact of tolls on low-income people and racial minorities.

The report recommends making TARC buses exempt from tolls that will be on the East End and downtown bridges. In a news release, the bridges project says: 

Many of the mitigation measures focus on the availability and use of transponders – the electronic, vehicle-mounted devices used to record trips across a tolled bridge. Among the transponder measures recommended for consideration:

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Local News
12:25 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Clark Memorial Bridge to Close for 30-45 Days Next Year

Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Are you planning to get into (or out of) Indiana any time next year? It'll be a little (more) difficult. To accommodate construction of a new downtown bridge, the Clark Memorial Bridge—often called the Second Street Bridge—will close for 30-45 days, likely beginning next May. Details on the closure are forthcoming.

An average of about 20,000 vehicles cross the Clark Memorial Bridge each day. By contrast, an average of more than 121,000 cross the Kennedy Bridge each day. 

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Local News
9:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Community Groundbreaking for Downtown Bridge to be Held Tuesday

Federal, state and local officials are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking this week for a new downtown Louisville bridge.

The downtown crossing is part of the larger Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes the redesign of the Spaghetti Junction interchange and new bridge in eastern Jefferson County.

Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says if all goes according to schedule, traffic should be moving on a new downtown bridge in less than three years.

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Local News
11:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

First of Five Homes in Jeff Historic District to be Moved This Week for Bridge Construction

Ohio River Bridges Project

This week, crews will begin the task of moving five houses in the Old Jeffersonville Historic District as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The relocation will make way for the downtown Louisville bridge.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the first house will be moved Wednesday, with all relocations scheduled for completion by June 19.

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