The Bi-State Ohio River Bridges Authority will have its first meeting Tuesday afternoon in Louisville. The 14-member panel consists of seven members from Kentucky and seven from Indiana.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Chuck Wolfe says the panel was created because Kentucky officials started to realize the cost of the project was exceeding what could be raised by traditional methods, such as the gas tax.
“It’s just not realistic to think the legislature in Kentucky would consent to have roughly a third of the road fund spent on one single project in Jefferson County,” says Wolfe.
The primary task of the authority is to decide on another funding method for the four-plus billion dollar project.
Wolfe says its first meeting will mostly be organizational, deciding on by-laws, a meeting schedule and a small staff.