Ohio River Bridges tolls under debate

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 2 at 6:21 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS) – There’s more debate over tolls on the planned east end and downtown bridges.

In a meeting held Saturday, the community was invited to weigh in on the company selected by Indiana to design and build the east end bridge.

The planned tolls to pay for the Ohio River Bridges Project once again came under fire.

Representatives for the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation (CART) say if WVB east end partners is going to build the bridge for 26 percent less than the original estimate, which they say they can do, then the bridges can be built without tolling drivers.

“There is no need to erect a gigantic bureaucracy in the form of a tolling authority and we oppose that,” Clarence Hixson said.

CART says over the course of 35 years, about $10 billion in toll money will be collected which is about $7 billion more than what it would cost to build the bridges.

In September, this same group filed for an injunction to halt the Ohio River Bridges project.

It was denied in November, but the larger lawsuit against the project is still pending in federal court.
 

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