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Bridge toll rates still to be decided, officials ask for public input

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Ed Flaugh Ed Flaugh
Karen Ricci Karen Ricci
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Hayley Shoemaker Hayley Shoemaker

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Ready or not, tolls are on their way to some bridges in Kentuckiana, but how much you'll pay is still up in the air.

Monday night was the first of two meetings to gather input on the tolls' impact and what that means to drivers who cross the bridges everyday.

"We haven't finalized really any of it yet," said Will Wingfield with the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

The bridges that will be tolled are the new downtown bridge along with the Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge.

The Clark Memorial and Sherman Minton Bridges will remain toll free. 

"Well I'll try to avoid the tolls," said Ed Flaugh, who lives in Clarksville. "I'll probably go to the Second Street bridge."

Right now the two states have target rates for travelers using transponders, an electronic pre-paid device. 

  • $1 per crossing for frequent commuters in passenger vehicles or on motorcycles who commute back and forth every weekday.
  • $2 per crossing for cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles crossing the bridges less frequently.
  • $5 per crossing for panel or box trucks.
  • $10 per crossing for semi-trucks or tractor trailer rigs.

If you don't have a transponder, a camera will take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill. 

"I'm really frankly concerned about how we are going to get money from people who are from other states, you know how are we going to enforce that?," asked Karen Ricci, who commutes from Jeffersonville. "If you are just going to send them a little bill, that doesn't mean they have to pay it."

Not everyone believes their voice is being heard. Clark County Councilwoman Kelly Khuri is one of them. 

"You know we get to write our comments, which I've done, I've gone and recorded them," said Khuri. "I issued written comments to no avail. I mean it is all for show, it is a dog and pony show."

"I know people aren't going to be happy, I'm not happy, but you've got to do what you've got to do. I moved over here and I knew with my decision what it was going to be, so I"ll just have to pay," said Hayley Shoemaker, who lives in Jeffersonville and commutes to Bullitt County.

If you would like to give your input on tolls and the impact on low income drivers or if you have any questions about the project, the next meeting is Tuesday, July 23, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage on Muhammad Ali from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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