Bridge tolls approved, alternate routes will still cost drivers

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 11:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The amount drivers will pay to cross the Ohio River after the completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project was finalized Wednesday.

Cars:
•    Transponder: $2
•    Registered License Plates: $3
•    Non-Registered License Plate: $4

Medium Trucks:
•    Transponder: $5
•    Registered License Plates: $6
•    Non-Registered License Plate: $7

Heavy Trucks:
•    Transponder: $10
•    Registered License Plates: $11
•    Non-Registered License Plate: $12

There is a frequent user rate of $1 for cars with a transponder. That rate is eligible for commuters who cross the bridges 40 times a month.

“There are still two free options in downtown Louisville, the Second Street Bridge and the Sherman Minton,” Mike Hancock, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said.

According to the project’s traffic and revenue study those routes won’t necessarily cost you less. It compares the toll roads with the alternate crossings. For example, traveling around the new downtown bridge via the Sherman Minton to I-265 would be an extra 7.9 miles and 17 minutes longer. Plus, AAA estimates a driver would pay $1.26 more in vehicle operating costs.

A full breakdown of the estimated added costs of the alternate routes is available on pages 105 and 106 in this study.
 

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