The prospect of bridge tolls is once again dominating the discussion of an infrastructure bill in the Kentucky General Assembly. The House Budget Committee passed a road plan funding bill today. But before voting, lawmakers questioned the need for tolls on bridges in Louisville and Northern Kentucky. Committee members asked whether the Sherman Minton Bridge […]
There will be public comment hearings today and tomorrow for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Earlier this month, opponents of tolls welcomed cost reducing changes to the bridges project that were proposed by the Mayor of Louisville and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana. The changes would make the project slightly smaller and cut its cost […]
The authority’s finance committee met Wednesday and is still awaiting details on the study from the federal government. The study has not yet begun, but authority co-chair Kerry Stemler says construction is still slated to begin next year.
The first ten minutes of the meeting were open to the press. Over soft drinks and snacks, Fischer introduced himself and his staff to the lawmakers. He then outlined his plans to build a better relationship between Louisville and Frankfort. Among the chief issues that the city and state need to work together on, he said, are the bridges project, reusing abandoned properties and education.
Residents from both sides of the river and on both sides of the bridges issue turned out Monday to comment on the Ohio River Bridges Project. The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority held the meeting to gather public opinion on an updated financing plan. It calls for tolls to pay for about half of the 4.1 billion dollar project, which consists of two new bridges and a reworked Spaghetti Junction.
Some members will be present for the meeting Monday, but public comments will either be taken in writing or transcribed and presented to the authority.
The authority is looking for ways to make the estimated 4.1 billion dollar project less expensive.
To cut costs, the authority will not change what it builds, but how it builds it.
The nonbinding legislation recognizes that tolls will be necessary to finance two bridges. But it asks the bi-state Bridges Authority to only toll new bridges.
It’s a hodge-podge of news this week on State of thew New. We’ll talk about everything from the algae in the water to a double hand transplant to New Albany’s view on the tolling issue. Join us on Friday for another edition of State of the News. Listen to the Show
The co-chair of the Ohio River Bridges Authority says every major element of the bridges project could be tolled, including Spaghetti Junction. The authority is trying to figure out how to generate the 4.1 billion dollars needed to pay for the project.