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Kentucky-Indiana bridges see increase in traffic as states reopen

RiverLink said toll bridge crossings have increased as Indiana entered Stage 2 of its reopening plan.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As Indiana reopens earlier than Kentucky, more people are crossing Louisville's toll bridges.

RiverLink said toll bridge crossings have increased in the last month, with the biggest increase seen in the past week—the week Indiana entered Stage 2 of its reopening plan.

More than 398,000 people crossed a toll bridge from May 3 to 9, a 34,994 increase from the previous week and 64,815 increase from the week of April 19. During that week, essential travel was lifted in Indiana, as retail and commercial businesses reopened at 50% capacity.

This week, more crossings are expected as Indiana allowed restaurants, hair salons and other personal services to reopen. Meanwhile, Kentucky retail businesses will have to wait until May 20 to reopen, while restaurants can have 33% capacity May 22.

While the governors said they were working together on their states' reopening plans, Greater Louisville Inc. called the plans "disjointed," saying the differences were concerning for local businesses.

Indiana groups like One Southern Indiana said they will use what they have learned during their reopen to provide guidance for Kentucky businesses.

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