Tolls rising on 3 Ohio River bridges


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Toll rates for three Ohio River bridges connecting Louisville and Southern Indiana will rise 2.5 percent effective July 1.

The new rate for a passenger vehicle with a prepaid account and transponder is $2.10 per crossing. The current toll rate is $2.05 per crossing.  The rates can be as much as $12.61, depending on the size of the vehicle and whether the driver has a prepaid account.

Drivers with prepaid accounts in good standing and transponders always pay the lowest toll rates, saving more than $2 per crossing. The easiest way to maintain a positive account balance is by choosing auto-replenishment and linking the account to a valid payment method.

Without a pre-paid account and transponder inside your vehicle, effective July 1, passenger cars will pay $4.20; vehicles with three or four axles, including passenger vehicles pulling trailers and larger trucks, will pay $7.36; and trucks with five or more axles will pay $12.61.

Tolling is in place on the I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge, I-65 Kennedy Bridge and SR 265/KY 841 Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting Prospect, Ky. and Utica, Ind.

RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system for the bridges, with no stopping, no slowing and no lines.

Toll rates increase annually by 2.5 percent, unless the rate of inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index) is higher. Tolls increase every July 1. There was not an increase in 2017 because tolling had been in place for less than a year. Tolling, a bi-state effort between Indiana and Kentucky, started Dec. 30, 2016.

The cost of building the new Lincoln and Lewis and Clark Bridges, work on the Kennedy Bridge and the rebuilding of “Spaghetti Junction” is Louisville (where I-64, I-65 and I-71 meet) cost $2.3 billion dollars.  Through Dec. 31, 2018, tolling revenue totaled $186.4 million.

According to RiverLink, tolling will end when all the project’s financial obligations are met, which is estimated to be in 2053.  At that time, policy makers in Kentucky and Indiana will determine if tolls continue to be necessary.

There are still two non-tolled bridges, for those wishing to cross the Ohio River in the area:  The Clark Memorial or Second Street Bridge (US 31) between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., and the Sherman Minton Bridge (I-64) between west Louisville and New Albany, Ind.



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