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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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Local News
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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7:30 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Yarmuth Addresses ORBP Approval

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., addressed final approval of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project by the federal government.

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.

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.

From Yarmuth's office:

"This is the final signature needed from the federal government to begin construction of the Bridges Project," Yarmuth said. "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."

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