Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin tomorrow. Tolling is scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. Friday, December 30 on the new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge, the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge.
The Kennedy and Lincoln bridges provide 12 lanes of I-65 traffic connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Lincoln Bridge carries six lanes of I-65 North traffic, and the Kennedy carries six lanes of I-65 South traffic. The Lewis and Clark Bridge, which opened to traffic Dec. 18, connects the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind.
Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin Friday, December 30. Tolled bridges include the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge.
“Critical system testing is complete,” said Clint Murphy, director of tolling oversight for the Indiana Department of Transportation. “While system preparations are continuing, we’ve cleared the necessary hurdles to set a start date for tolling. The Ohio River Bridges Project will mean faster and safer commutes for drivers. Without tolling, this new and improved transportation system would not be possible.”
The Tolling Body for the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project today approved a resolution for tolling to begin when final system production readiness testing is complete and representatives for the states agree the toll collection system should be implemented.
“The accuracy of all tolling transactions is paramount, which is why the entire system is undergoing such rigorous testing,” said Jim Stark, Indiana Department of Transportation deputy commissioner of innovative project delivery. “When we as a Body have confirmed that the system is fully operational, tolling will begin.”
Motorcyclists who have been waiting to open RiverLink accounts have a recommendation on which transponder to use.
It’s recommended that motorcyclists use a RiverLink E-ZPass transponder, and purchase a transponder holder that works best for their motorcycle and needs. Several options can be found through third-party vendors with an online search.
Thousands of people have opened RiverLink accounts during the first month of operations. More than 4,000 people have opened personal accounts, and more than 100 businesses have opened commercial accounts. RiverLink launched operations July 21, with tolling not expected to start until late this year.
RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There are no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Initial toll rates range from $2-$12. The lowest toll rates are for drivers with transponders. Drivers must set up a prepaid account to get a transponder.
Tolling won’t begin until late this year, but drivers may soon notice cameras in place on the toll gantry located at the north end of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge, near Court Avenue.
Two cameras are scheduled to be installed overnight, and should be in place by early morning on Friday, August 5. Testing the cameras is part of preparations for all-electronic tolling. Thousands of images are expected to be captured in the coming days.
Transportation and finance leaders from Indiana and Kentucky voted today to approve several measures preparing for the start of RiverLink, the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible.
The Tolling Body today approved the Bridges Project’s toll policy and business rules, which includes vehicle classification, account management information and fee structure on unpaid tolls.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) commissioner, the Indiana public finance director, the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) chairman and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, or their designees, make up the project’s Joint Board. A separate Tolling Body includes the four Joint Board members and an appointed member from each state.
Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials are releasing recommendations for the vehicle classification system for RiverLink, the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project possible.
Transportation and finance leaders from both states are scheduled to meet May 11 to vote on the recommendations and other measures that make up tolling policy and business rules.
Check the links to news coverage on the RiverLink all-electronic toll system, featuring information on how to use the system, transponder types, toll rates and more.
Check the links to news coverage on the series of public open houses held in Kentucky and Indiana to inform people about the benefits of the new bridges and how they can travel them in the most affordable way possible.