The first of two public comment hearings on the Ohio River Bridges Project was last night in Clarksville. Curtis Morrison with Say No 2 Bridge Tolls was in attendance to criticize the process. “I have an issues with this being called a public input meeting,” Morrison said “when the governors and mayor got together and… Continue reading Bridges Public Hearing Draws Impatience, Complaints About Tolls
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 bi-state bridges authority has approved a financing plan that calls for tolls to pay for roughly half of the 4.1 billion dollar bridges project. The move has inspired an opposition group to reach out to the Kentucky General Assembly for help blocking tolls.
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.
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.
A committee of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority will meet in Jeffersonville. The meeting agenda includes an update on the financing plan that was originally slated to be released later this year.
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.
The bi-state authority overseeing the Ohio River Bridges Project has reinforced its dedication to the project as it’s planned.
The authority clarified its position in a meeting Thursday by passing what it calls its strategic objectives.
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.
Candidates for mayor of Louisville have expressed interest in controlling part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. But that may not be possible, as decisions about the project are made by the bi-state bridges authority.