LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The Joint Board and Tolling Body met Monday, Dec. 18, and voiced support for the development of a “pay-by-plate” option for RiverLink, the electronic tolling system for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

This will allow customers who cross a bridge to pay a toll without waiting for an invoice. Drivers would use their license plate and other information to pay a toll online at www.riverlink.com. The pay-by-plate option will have to be established by the Project Team. This option is expected to be in place by mid-2018.

The Tolling Body also approved on Monday a resolution allowing customer service representatives to waive tolls in the event of an accident that blocks access to toll-free routes and forces drivers to cross a tolled bridge. Tolls could be waived when traffic is diverted across a tolled bridge due to a temporary lane closure, resulting from an emergency on an interstate, immediately adjacent to and approaching a tolled bridge.

The Joint Board and Tolling Body include transportation and finance leaders from Indiana and Kentucky. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) commissioner, the Indiana public finance director, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary and the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) chairman, or their designees, make up the Joint Board. The Tolling Body includes the four Joint Board members and an appointed member from each state.

The Tolling Body determines toll rates and sets tolling policies. The Joint Board was created to have long-term oversight and management responsibility for the Ohio Rivers Bridges Project.