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New I-69 Ohio River Crossing will have a toll

A meeting Tuesday discussed preliminary alternatives and costs for the new I-69 bridge. The hot topic was tolling, and it comes with some concerns. 

If you've ever driven on U.S. 41 over the Twin Bridges, stopped traffic might seem familiar. But relief is just down the road. 

Mindy Peterson, a spokesperson for the I-69 Ohio River Crossing says, "If we're going to get this bridge built, this bridge that the community really needs, we have to identify funding and tolling is part of the equation for sure."

That's right, the future interstate bridge, the future fix for bumper to bumper traffic on Highway 41 will be tolled. 

"People are always concerned about where it's going to hit them in their pocket books," Tri-Stater John Hurley says.

The estimated electronic tolls range from $2-$12 per crossing. The $2 would be for passenger vehicles with prepaid transponder accounts. 

Semi's without transponders could end up paying $12 per crossing. 

"They need to look at that carefully," Hurley says. "Obviously having the new bridge is going to be an economic boom but we need to look at how that will impact local people here."

Peterson says they still don't know if U.S. 41 wil be tolled, but are looking for the community's feedback. 

"I know that this may discourage other people from traveling between the states and that could have economic impact on Indiana and Kentucky," Hurley says. 

James Mosley says, "I think it's important folks come out and express their concerns but to do that look at options that can ber fair and equitable for all parties involved."

The next meeting will be in Henderson on April 11th at the public library on Main Street where people will be able to ask questions and share ideas. 

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(This story was originally published April 3, 2018)

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