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Downtown bridge commuters will pay about $500 for tolls per year

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The Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body approved the proposed rates: $1 for frequent commuters, $2 for other cars, $5 for box trucks and $10 for tractor trailers. The Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body approved the proposed rates: $1 for frequent commuters, $2 for other cars, $5 for box trucks and $10 for tractor trailers.
Greg McClure Greg McClure
Mike Hancock Mike Hancock

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – The toll rates have been set. Depending on what you drive or how frequently you cross two downtown bridges you will pay $1 to $10 per crossing. 

The Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body approved the proposed rates: $1 for frequent commuters, $2 for other cars, $5 for box trucks and $10 for tractor trailers. 

Greg McClure lives in Jeffersonville off of Charlestown Pike with his wife and three children, but he works on the other side of the river. 

McClure is a truck driver and his employer is based in Louisville. He crosses the Kennedy Bridge frequently. 

"Right now anywhere from three to five times a week maybe," said McClure.

If McClure gets a transponder, just getting to work would cost him anywhere from $300 to $500 a year.

"I don't know if I like that, but I might just have to deal with it," said McClure.

That doesn't include, doctor's appointments, going out to eat, and other entertainment McClure's family is use to.

"With this I might end up limiting those trips," said McClure. 

Families with two people working on the opposite side could expect to pay around $1,000 a year for tolls. The Kentucky-Indiana Tolling Body approved the proposed rates on Wednesday. 

"There are still two free options in downtown Louisville, the Second Street bridge and the I-64 Sherman Minton," said Mike Hancock, Kentucky Transportation Secretary. 

Not worth it, McClure says when his work is stationed off of Interstate 65. 

"I might be able to go the Sherman Minton, but the money I might save on the toll I would end up having to pay out in the fuel going 20 miles out of my way," said McClure. 

McClure loves living in southern Indiana, so he plans to deal with it even though he knows it could take a toll on his wallet.

"The thing is I've been very fortunate to have this job that I've got," said McClure. "I really enjoy my work and the company that I work for, so I'm not going to change that just because of the tolls."

The Bridges Project said Wednesday that people who don't have a transponder in their cars or trucks, who have to be tracked via license plate, will pay more. If you register your license plate and establish a pre-paid account, you will pay $1 more. If you don't do that, your rate will be $2 higher.

After the first year, the rates will go up 2.5 percent or the inflation rate, whichever is greater.

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