LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new study is scaling back the original estimates of the future traffic load on the Ohio River Bridges Project.
While the study indicates traffic will actually decrease on the I-65 toll bridges downtown, the traffic load on the toll-free I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge is projected to increase by 35 percent in the next 20 years.
WHAS11 political editor Joe Arnold asked Kentucky’s transportation secretary, Mike Hancock, if drivers will ultimately pay tolls on the Sherman Minton Bridge, too.
“At this point, I don't think they are inevitable,” Hancock said. “I do think at some point, as we begin to think about the Sherman Minton Bridge, twenty years from now or whenever that time is, obviously the performance of the tolling systems in the area, all of those things will be given some sort of consideration in that process.”
Hancock says it's premature to predict whether tolls will be charged on the Sherman Minton, but he hopes the time savings of the new toll bridges cut down on the diversion rate.