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The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project Earns National Award

April 25, 2017 – The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project has won a Federal Highway Administration 2017 Environmental Excellence Award. In selecting recipients for the award, the FHWA looks for projects that protect and enhance the environment while also strengthening the transportation network. The EEAs specifically recognize “outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship and partnerships above and beyond traditional transportation project outcomes.”

As one of only five award recipients in the Human Environment category, the Ohio River Bridges Project earned special recognition for Community Considerations in Transportation Improvements.

The Ohio River Bridges Project included construction of two new Ohio River Bridges – the Abraham Lincoln Bridge connecting downtown Louisville with Jeffersonville, Indiana; and the Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting eastern Jefferson County in Kentucky with Utica, Indiana – as well as the refurbishing of the Kennedy Bridge in downtown Louisville.

RiverLink Update: Crossings Climb in First Quarter

Derby and summer likely to bring more out-of-town drivers

April 24, 2017 –  More drivers are taking advantage of the new and improved transportation options provided by the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Traffic on the three tolled bridges — the new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge, the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved I-65 Kennedy Bridge – climbed more than 15 percent from the end of January to the end of March.

There were more than 2.2 million crossings of the tolled bridges in January. That number climbed to nearly 2.6 million during March. Nearly 7 million crossings were recorded on the three bridges in the first quarter of the year.

Nearly 10,000 more vehicles crossed tolled bridges during an average weekday in March as compared to January, an increase of more than 12 percent. The average number of weekend crossings was up nearly 24 percent from January to March.

 

More drivers are crossing the tolled bridges with transponders, which means they’re paying the lowest toll rates. On the first day of tolling in late December, 37 percent of vehicles that crossed the tolled bridges had transponders and prepaid accounts.  By the end of the first quarter, that number had climbed more than 20 percentage points. In March, 58 percent of weekday traffic had transponders and prepaid accounts when crossing tolled bridges.


There was also substantial growth in the number of RiverLink prepaid accounts created, and transponders requested during the first quarter of the year. At the end of March, nearly 108,000 RiverLink prepaid accounts had been opened, a 37 percent increase for the quarter. The number of RiverLink transponders requested increased 60 percent.


Nearly 8,500 drivers qualified for the frequent-user discount in March, an increase of 33 percent from January, the first full month of tolling. The frequent-user discount is an automatic credit after 40 trips are posted on any of the three tolled bridges in a calendar month. The credit is 50 percent, and each additional trip that month is also discounted 50 percent.

The frequent-user discount is only for drivers in passenger vehicles with RiverLink personal accounts who maintain a positive balance. The frequent-user discount is per transponder, not per account.

Since the start of tolling, nearly 700,000 vehicles without prepaid accounts or transponders have crossed the tolled bridges. Drivers without prepaid accounts and transponders are paying higher toll rates.

RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no stopping, no slowing, no lines and no coin machines. Toll rates range from $2-$12, depending on the size of the vehicle. Drivers with transponders pay the lowest toll rates. The difference is $2 per crossing. It costs $2 to cross a tolled bridge in a passenger vehicle with a prepaid account and transponder and $4 without.

Drivers Without an Account Receive an Invoice

For drivers without prepaid accounts and transponders, cameras capture an image of the license plate and an invoice is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. There’s no need for drivers to take any action until the invoice arrives. Initial invoices are for tolls owed, and do not include any penalties.

Invoices can be paid online, by mail, by phone or in person at a RiverLink customer service center. Drivers who do not pay tolls on time will be charged additional fees and may face restrictions on vehicle registration until tolls and penalties are paid.

Revenue to Date

Revenue numbers are preliminary for the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, $8.6 million had been collected and split evenly between Indiana and Kentucky. An additional $6.8 million will be received from E-ZPass systems in other states (drivers who crossed the tolled Ohio River bridges with E-ZPass transponders from other states). The billing cycle is still active, and additional money is being collected from vehicle owners who have received invoices.

Vehicle owners have 30 days to pay the first invoice without any additional fees. A second invoice includes a $5 administrative fee, and vehicle owners have 20 days to pay the invoice. A third invoice includes a $25 violation fee, and drivers have 30 days to pay the bill. If the invoice is still not paid, the bill moves to collections and a $30 collections fee is added. Vehicle owners in Kentucky and Indiana who do not pay their tolls may face restrictions on vehicle registration until tolls and related fees are paid.

Revenue collected to date is in line with expectations, and both states are meeting their financial obligations for the Bridges Project. Toll revenue can only be used to meet financial obligations of the project and for operation and maintenance of the project area.

Increase in Traffic Expected

Traffic on the three tolled bridges is expected to continue to increase in the coming months, especially during the busy summer travel months. Combined traffic on the three bridges has topped 100,000 vehicles on three recent dates: March 24, March 31 and April 7, Friday travel days during the spring break season for area schools.

Residents should prepare out-of-town guests visiting for the Kentucky Derby or passing through the area this summer. If they decide to open a RiverLink prepaid account, they will save money on each crossing.

Drivers can open a personal account online at www.RiverLink.com or by phone at 855-RIV-LINK. A personal account can include up to four vehicles, with a minimum balance of $20 to open an account. RiverLink transponders are mailed, free of charge, to account holders. The account balance rolls over month to month.

All E-ZPass transponders, including the I-PASS from Illinois and the Indiana Toll Road E-ZPass work with the RiverLink system. No further action is necessary.

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Find more information on RiverLink tolling, including answers to frequently-asked questions, at www.RiverLink.com.

Find more details on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Overnight Closures Week of April 24

April 21, 2017 – The following overnight closures and lane restrictions are scheduled next week to accommodate punch list items in connection with work on the Downtown Crossing. 

Overnight closures scheduled Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25

  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • One lane closed on I-64 West near Story Avenue

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Overnight closures scheduled Wednesday, April 26-Friday, April 28

  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North/I-65 South
  • Two lanes of I-64 East near Third Street

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Signed detours are in place during full closures. The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Find more information about the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

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Overnight Closures Week of April 24

April 21, 2017 – The following overnight closures and lane restrictions are scheduled next week to accommodate punch list items in connection with work on the Downtown Crossing. 

Overnight closures scheduled Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25

  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • One lane closed on I-64 West near Story Avenue

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Overnight closures scheduled Wednesday, April 26-Friday, April 28

  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North/I-65 South
  • Two lanes of I-64 East near Third Street

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Signed detours are in place during full closures. The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Find more information about the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

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Downtown Crossing: Overnight Closures Next Week

April 14, 2017 – The following overnight closures and lane restrictions are scheduled next week to accommodate punch list items in connection with work on the Downtown Crossing.

Overnight closures scheduled Monday, April 17

  • Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South (Jeffersonville)
  • Ramp from 6th Street to I-65 South (Jeffersonville)
  • Three lanes of I-65 South from Market St. (Jeffersonville) to middle of Kennedy Bridge

The closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m.

Overnight closures scheduled Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18

  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • One lane closed on I-64 West near Story Avenue

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Overnight closure scheduled Tuesday, April 18-Thursday, April 20

  • Two lanes of I-65 South from Market St. (Jeffersonville) to end of Kennedy Bridge

The closure is scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Overnight closures scheduled Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20

  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North/I-65 South
  • Two lanes of I-64 East near Third Street

The closures are scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. each day.

Signed detours are in place during full closures. The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Find more information about the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

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