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Prepaid RiverLink Transponders are Available

RiverLink accounts can be opened at two additional sites

Dec. 8, 2016 –  Tolling is expected to begin soon on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. RiverLink personal accounts can be opened online, by phone or in person. There are now two additional sites where accounts can be set up, and several sites where prepaid RiverLink local transponders can be purchased.

The sites are designed to offer drivers more choices on where to set up their RiverLink accounts and an additional option on how transponders can be purchased. Drivers with transponders will pay the lowest toll rates.

In addition to the regular customer service centers on each side of the river, an additional, temporary site has been added in both Louisville and Jeffersonville. RiverLink staff is available at the Nia Center in Louisville and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Jeffersonville. Accounts can be set up at these two locations and prepaid RiverLink local transponders are available. Prepaid transponders are also available at five additional, temporary sites.

Location Address Hours
Nia Center 2900 W. Broadway, Louisville 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m., M – F
Indiana BMV 2944 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Tues.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. W – F

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sat.

Louisville Urban League 1535 W. Broadway, Louisville 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., M – F
St. Stephen Church 1018 S. 15th St., Louisville Hours vary
TARC (Union Station) 1000 W. Broadway, Louisville 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M – F
Community Action of Southern Indiana 1613 E. 8th St., Jeffersonville 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., M – F
St. Stephen Church 2701 Veterans Pkwy., Jeffersonville Hours vary

The prepaid RiverLink local transponders can be purchased for $20. Cash is required, and exact change is encouraged. All forms of payment are accepted at the Nia Center and BMV. Drivers who purchase prepaid transponders will have a $20 balance to pay tolls on the Kennedy, Lincoln and East End bridges. The transponder does not have to be registered. Once the balance is exhausted, the transponder can be pulled from the windshield and thrown away.

“This is another way to give drivers choices,” said Megan McLain, innovative finance manager with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “Drivers with transponders pay the lowest toll rates, but not all drivers want to open a RiverLink account. Prepaid transponders are an option for those drivers.”

Drivers would need to keep track of their usage. Balances are not tracked on prepaid transponders. The prepaid transponders are not eligible for the frequent-user discount.

“Drivers purchasing a prepaid RiverLink local transponder can also decide to convert their  transponder to a prepaid RiverLink personal account,” said Clint Murphy, director of tolling oversight for the Indiana Department of Transportation. “By opening an account, drivers can check their account balance online, receive low-balance notifications and be eligible for the frequent-user discount. It’s a quick and simple process.”

Drivers can convert to a personal account by visiting one of the two, permanent RiverLink customer service centers, or by calling 855-RIV-LINK and providing customer service representatives their transponder number.

Customer service centers are located at 400 East Main Street in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Court in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

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The Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project includes two new bridges and their approaches, an improved Kennedy Bridge and reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, where I-65, I-64 and I-71 come together in downtown Louisville. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge is carrying six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge is carrying six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with State Road 265 (Lee Hamilton Highway) in Utica, Indiana. Find more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

East End Crossing Scheduled to Open to Traffic on Sunday, December 18; Public Can Register for Caravan to be Among First to Cross Bridge

Officials of both states, construction leaders, other champions of project to participate in ribbon-cutting

December 5, 2016 – The East End Crossing portion of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project is scheduled to open to traffic Sunday, December 18 following an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony with project officials and a public caravan across the new bridge.

The long-anticipated 8 ½ miles of new road connects the eastern edge of suburban Louisville and an area just east of Jeffersonville, Ind. with its centerpiece 2,500-foot cable-stay bridge reaching across the Ohio River.

Because of a lack of public parking and limited accessibility to the area, space at the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be limited to project champions and officials that can be bused onto the site.

Public Caravan Planned

However, residents interested in being among the first to drive across the bridge may register online to participate in the police-escorted caravan that will occur at the conclusion of the ribbon-cutting. The first 500 registrants will be invited to arrive at a closed-off section of the newly completed Indiana 265 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. As the ribbon-cutting ends, the 500 vehicles will be escorted by police southbound on Indiana 265 toward the new bridge. The police will lead the drivers across the bridge and into Kentucky.

Several hours after this ceremonial caravan crossing, the East End Crossing will open to the general public.

Residents can register on www.eastendcrossing.com/openingday beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10. (Additional information regarding registration and caravan details will be released during the days to come.)

Participants in the police-escorted caravan will receive antique silver commemorative medallions (up to four per vehicle) with an etching of the new east end Ohio River bridge. The medallions will serve as the second in a “matching set” created for the Ohio River Bridges project. The first of the commemorative set was created for the December 2015 opening of the Lincoln Bridge, a six-lane bridge carrying I-65 northbound traffic across the river from downtown Louisville to Jeffersonville.

Ribbon-cutting

Government leaders from Indiana and Kentucky will participate in the ribbon-cutting. They will be joined by representatives of WVB East End Partners, the company charged with designing and constructing the East End Crossing. Additionally, many area residents who championed the decades-old concept of a new east end bridge will be on hand. Details regarding attendees and an event agenda will be released in the days to come.

About the Project

Substantial completion of the East End Crossing will provide several significant benefits to the Louisville and Southern Indiana area – including convenient access for residents commuting between eastern Jefferson County and southern Indiana. And for travelers passing through the Louisville area from the north or the south, the East End Crossing will be an alternate – and very accessible – route that bypasses the urban traffic of downtown Louisville.

The Kentucky approach to the new bridge extends Kentucky 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) from its previous termination at U.S. 42, adding a new four-lane (two northbound, two southbound) 1.4-mile section. This section includes a pair of 1,700-foot tunnels that carry Kentucky 841 traffic beneath U.S. 42 and the historic Drumanard estate. The Indiana approach, also four lanes, extends Indiana 265 (the Lee Hamilton Highway) four miles to the Ohio River from its previous termination at Indiana 62.

The bridge features two diamond towers rising 300 feet above the river, with 104 stay cables. It also includes a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Construction of the East End Crossing commenced in June 2013. The East End Crossing is part of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, which also includes the construction of the Lincoln Bridge.

The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation contracted the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the East End Crossing through an innovative public-private partnership with WVB East End Partners.

Resolution Clears Way for Start of Tolling After Testing

Testing will help ensure successful launch

Nov. 30, 2016 – 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.”

Testing to date has included “end to end” system testing of vehicles in a lab-type setting, with vehicles passing through toll gantries on a test track in New York and simulating customers using the account management system.

Testing will soon shift to final readiness tests that will include RiverLink equipment and representatives. Test vehicles will be crossing the East End, Kennedy and Lincoln bridges, as well as crossing under the gantry at Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

“RiverLink is a brand new tolling system,” said Greg Thomas, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “We are thoroughly testing the system to help ensure a successful launch. Drivers will be best prepared for the start of tolling by opening a RiverLink account and getting a transponder.”

A start date for tolling is expected to be announced after final testing has been completed.

 

Joint Board Passes Three Resolutions

Both the Joint Board and Tolling Body met today. 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. The Tolling Body includes the four Joint Board members and an appointed member from each state.

The Joint Board approved three resolutions. One resolution authorizes changes to the contract with Kapsch TrafficCom, the toll system provider. Changes include allowing contract work to be delivered in smaller testable sections. Another change approved a compatible transformer for the power circuit feeding the East End Crossing equipment pad.

Another resolution authorizes the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority, KPTIA, to procure electronic tolling equipment. As a member of the E-ZPass network, KPTIA may have access to better prices for equipment.

The third resolution authorizes KPTIA to hire hearing officers. Once tolling begins, a person will be able to contest a toll violation by way of an administrative hearing.

 

Tens of  Thousands Have RiverLink Transponders

Drivers with transponders will pay the lowest toll rates. Thousands of drivers have already opened their RiverLink accounts. More than 70,000 RiverLink transponders have been requested to date. Just over 110,000 drivers are expected to use the tolled bridges each day.

Nearly 60,000 RiverLink local transponders have been distributed and nearly 13,000 RiverLink E-ZPass transponders ordered. RiverLink E-ZPass transponders will be distributed, free of charge, just before the start of tolling when RiverLink is ready to service accounts in all 16 E-ZPass states. More than 30,000 families and more than 1,200 businesses have opened RiverLink accounts.

“The fact that tens of thousands of transponders have been requested tells us that drivers are getting the message – opening a prepaid RiverLink account will save them money,” said Clint Murphy, director of tolling oversight for INDOT. “If drivers have been waiting to open their accounts, we want them to know now is the time to act. We’re in the final stages of testing the system and we expect tolling to soon begin.”

 

Opening a RiverLink Account

Drivers can open a personal account online at www.RiverLink.com, by phone at 855-RIV-LINK, in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers, the Nia Center and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Jeffersonville. A personal account can include up to four vehicles, with a minimum balance of $20 to open the account.

The minimum balance to open a commercial account is $20 per vehicle. Calling a customer service representative (855-RIV-LINK) is the fastest and easiest way for a business to open an account.

Customer service centers are located at 400 East Main Street in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Court in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

Choice of Transponders

A RiverLink local transponder is free of charge, one per registered vehicle. The small sticker adheres to the inside of the windshield, is non-transferable and will work only on local tolled bridges. Drivers choosing a RiverLink local transponder receive it when setting up their account, either in person or in the mail.

A RiverLink E-ZPass transponder is $15 per transponder. It’s mounted to the inside of the windshield, is portable from vehicle to vehicle registered to a single account and works in all 16 E-ZPass states (https://e-zpassiag.com/about-e-zpass/where-can-i-use-it).

RiverLink is the new tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. RiverLink is all-electronic tolling, with no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Toll rates range from $2-$12.

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. The Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be tolled in connection with the project. Find more information at www.riverlink.com

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The Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project includes two new bridges and their approaches, an improved Kennedy Bridge and reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, where I-65, I-64 and I-71 come together in downtown Louisville. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge carries six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge carries six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with State Road 265 (Lee Hamilton Highway) in Utica, Indiana. Find more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Notice of Public Meeting of the Tolling Body

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
of the
TOLLING BODY
for the
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Conference Room

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 5 Offices

Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242

 

AGENDA

  1. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings
  2. Introduce New Tolling Body Members
  3. Consideration of Resolution TB 2016-3 authorizing tolling to begin after system testing is complete
  4. Old Business
  5. Adjournment

Notice of Public Meeting of the Joint Board

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the JOINT BOARD
for the
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
2:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Conference Room

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 5 Offices

8310 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40242

AGENDA

  1. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings
  2. Consideration of Resolution JB 2016-6 re authorizing necessary changes to Kapsch contract documents
  3. Consideration of Resolution JB 2016-7 re authorizing KPTIA to purchase electronic tolling equipment as needed
  4. Consideration of Resolution JB 2016-8 re authorizing KPTIA to hire administrative hearing officer(s) as needed
  5. Old Business
  6. Adjournment
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