No More Tolls at Wabash Bridge

Published 06/26 2014 10:28PM

Updated 06/26 2014 10:32PM

A big change is coming for thousands of Tri-State drivers. The tolls on the Wabash Bridge near Mt. Vernon will be ending July 1.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say while tolls are a responsible approach to covering road maintenance costs, they felt the tolls at the Wabash Bridge were no longer needed."

"If they were going to get rid of taking tolls," said Alex Weilbrenner of Posey County, "they should've done that before they put the electronic system up a few years ago."

INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning says the tolls weren't right because of the low volume of traffic. Nearly 4,000 vehicles cross the bridge everyday between Indiana and Illinois.

Mt. Vernon Mayor John Tucker says he supports the move. Some nearby residents question why they're taking them down after putting up the electronic system just a couple of years ago.

"They spent a lot of money, I'm sure," said Weilbrenner, "and they only got about two years worth of use of it or three. It just seems like money's wasted."

INDOT officials say they will refund those with unused tolls but will still collect on late payments.

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