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RiverLink Open Houses Begin This Week

Will introduce drivers to all-electronic tolling

Feb. 3, 2016 – Drivers likely have questions about RiverLink and how all-electronic tolling works. They will get answers at a series of open houses over the next several weeks. RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible.

RiverLink open house events are planned for most Tuesdays and Thursdays in February a
nd March. Six open houses will be held in Kentucky, and six will be held in Indiana. The first is Thursday, February 4 at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange.

Tolling is expected to begin late this year when capacity is added to the system. That means either the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge or the new East End bridge will be complete and open to traffic.RiverLink

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. Initial toll rates range from $1 to $12, depending on the size of the vehicle, whether a transponder is used and how often a driver crosses a tolled bridge.

The open house events will give drivers a chance to learn more about RiverLink, and ask any questions they may have. Displays will include information on how all-electronic tolling works, what transponders are available, what payment options exist and initial toll rates.

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) will be available to discuss cross-river routes, and Ticket to Ride will have more information on its rideshare program.

Here is a schedule of RiverLink open house events:

Date Location Address
Thurs., Feb. 4 John W. Black Community Center 1551 N Highway 393, LaGrange, KY
Tues., Feb. 9 Newburg Community Center 4810 Exeter Ave., Louisville, KY
Thurs., Feb. 11 Douglass Community Center 2305 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, KY
Tues., Feb. 16 Shively Community Center 1902 Park Rd., Shively, KY
Thurs., Feb. 18 Spalding University – Egan Leadership Center 901 S 4th St., Louisville, KY
Tues., Feb. 23 Portland Community Center 640 N 27th St., Louisville, KY
Tues., Mar. 1 Community Action of Southern Indiana 1613 E 8th St., Jeffersonville, IN
Thurs., Mar. 3 Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 2201 Grace Ave., Charlestown, IN
Tues., Mar. 8 Clarksville Community Center 2311 Sam Gwin Dr., Clarksville, IN
Thurs., Mar. 10 Charlestown — Clark County Public Library 51 Clark Rd., Charlestown, IN
Tues., Mar. 15 YMCA of Floyd County 33 State St., New Albany, IN
Thurs., Mar. 24 Sheraton Riverside Hotel 700 W Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN

 

All open houses are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., with the exception of the open house on Tuesday, February 23 at Portland Community Center. It’s scheduled for 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All open house events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For directions or further information, call 502-891-2529 or email riverlinkopenhouses@gmail.com.

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RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There will be no toll plazas, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. 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. Tolling is expected to begin in late 2016. Find more information at www.riverlink.com.

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 will carry six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Highway in Utica, Indiana. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Liberty Street Ramp Reopening is Delayed: Crews Will Focus on Other Priorities

Feb. 1, 2016 – The reopening of the ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North will be delayed. Crews with Walsh Construction will use this night of favorable weather to focus on other top priorities, including restriping needs throughout the project area.

“Reopening the Liberty Street ramp is high on our priority list,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber. “However, there are other needs that are even higher. The recent winter weather and heavy use of salt have taken a toll on striping throughout our project area. The extended forecast does not provide many options for getting this work done. Our focus must be on maintaining current roadways before opening a new ramp to traffic.”

No new date has been set for opening the ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North to traffic.  The ramp will open when the weather and work schedules allow. Before opening the ramp, crews must stripe the roadway. To keep traffic moving during peak hours, the work must be done overnight. Temperatures well above freezing are needed to do the striping.

The ramp has been closed for about a year. During the closure, the ramp has been rebuilt to provide new connections to the newly opened Abraham Lincoln Bridge.

When the Liberty Street ramp reopens, drivers will gain access to another through lane of traffic. The right lane of I-65 North, just south of Muhammad Ali Boulevard, will carry traffic to I-65 North, I-64 and I-71. The right lane is currently a mandatory exit lane to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

During the closure, drivers used Muhammad Ali Boulevard to access I-65 North. The Muhammad Ali ramp is expected to close soon after the Liberty Street ramp reopens. It’s expected to close for about three months in order to build a new ramp to connect to the Lincoln Bridge.

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

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

New Roadway Leads to Traffic Shift

Earlier access point from I-71 South to I-64 West

Jan. 29, 2016 – A new section of I-71 South is opening to traffic as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The new section of roadway for I-71 South is near Downtown Louisville and stretches for about ½ mile. Drivers will notice only a slight shift in their normal routes.

There will be an earlier decision point for drivers traveling from I-71 South to I-64 West. The ramp had been located past Frankfort Avenue. Drivers will now access I-64 West before reaching Frankfort Avenue. Signage will be in place, clearly marking the new entrance.

The new stretch of roadway is expected to open to traffic early Sunday morning.

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

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

Open Houses to Introduce Drivers to All-Electronic Tolling: Feb. & March

RiverLink open houses planned for February and March

Jan. 27, 2016 – Tolling isn’t expected to begin until late this year, but now is the time for residents to learn more about RiverLink. RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible.Media

RiverLink open house events are planned for most Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and March, beginning Thursday, February 4. The open houses will be held in a number of locations across Louisville and Southern Indiana, ensuring information is accessible throughout the area.

Tolling is expected to begin late this year, when capacity is added to the system. That means either the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge or the new East End bridge will be complete and open to traffic.

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. Initial toll rates range from $1 to $12, depending on the size of the vehicle, whether a transponder is used and how often a driver crosses a tolled bridge.

The open house events will give drivers a chance to learn more about RiverLink, and ask any questions they may have. Displays will include information on how all-electronic tolling works, what transponders are available, what payment options exist and initial toll rates.

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) and the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) will also be available to discuss cross-river routes and the Ticket to Ride rideshare program.

Here is a schedule of RiverLink open house events:

Date Location Address
Thurs., Feb. 4 John W. Black Community Center 1551 N Highway 393, LaGrange, KY
Tues., Feb. 9 Newburg Community Center 4810 Exeter Ave., Louisville, KY
Thurs., Feb. 11 Douglass Community Center 2305 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, KY
Tues., Feb. 16 Shively Community Center 1902 Park Rd., Shively, KY
Thurs., Feb. 18 Spalding University – Egan Leadership Center 901 S 4th St., Louisville, KY
Tues., Feb. 23 Portland Community Center 640 N 27th St., Louisville, KY
Tues., Mar. 1 Community Action of Southern Indiana 1613 E 8th St., Jeffersonville, IN
Thurs., Mar. 3 Cobblestone Hotel & Suites 2201 Grace Ave., Charlestown, IN
Tues., Mar. 8 Clarksville Community Center 2311 Sam Gwin Dr., Clarksville, IN
Thurs., Mar. 10 Charlestown — Clark County Public Library 51 Clark Rd., Charlestown, IN
Tues., Mar. 15 YMCA of Floyd County 33 State St., New Albany, IN
Thurs., Mar. 24 Sheraton Riverside Hotel 700 W Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN

All open houses are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., with the exception of the open house on Tuesday, February 23 at Portland Community Center. It’s scheduled for 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

All open house events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For directions or further information, call 502-891-2529 or email riverlinkopenhouses@gmail.com.

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RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There will be no toll plazas, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. 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. Tolling is expected to begin in late 2016.

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 will carry six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Highway in Utica, Indiana. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

2016 Pegasus Pin Features Lincoln Bridge

RIVERLINK PARTNERS WITH 2016 FESTIVAL

January 26, 2016. Louisville, KY.  The Kentucky Derby Festival unveiled one of the first signs of spring this morning – the 2016 Pegasus Pin image. This year’s pin design features the newly opened Abraham Lincoln Bridge and was released as part of a sponsorship announcement with RiverLink, the new all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. RiverLink is partnering with the 2016 Festival to help reach drivers, provide the information they need and answer their questions about how to travel the new bridges in the most affordable way possible. Tolling is not expected to begin until late 2016.

Pegasus Pin“As the Kentucky Derby Festival has offered shared experiences for all of Kentuckiana – we feel there’s no better partner to represent the 2016 Pegasus Pin than RiverLink,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “Just as the bridge facilitates easy travel between states, the pin allows easy access and entry to nearly half of our events and concerts.”

“As part of our overall public outreach campaign, we will be sharing with people the benefits of all-electronic tolling,” said David Talley, Innovative Finance Manager with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “Our goal is to go from very low awareness to virtually universal awareness in just two weeks’ time. Only the Derby Festival can help us do that.”

As part of the partnership, RiverLink is one of the sponsors of this year’s Pegasus Pin Program. RiverLink will also have a presence at several Festival events, beginning with Thunder Over Louisville and including the U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade and many others. RiverLink representatives will be on site, at these events, to share information on how the new system will work.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to reach the huge crowds that Thunder Over Louisville and other Derby Festival events draw, where we will bring information to residents on both sides of the river,” said Clint Murphy, Director of Tolling Oversight, Indiana Department of Transportation.

About RiverLink: RiverLink is the all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There will be no toll plazas, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. 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. Tolling is expected to begin in late 2016.

About Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project: The 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. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details at www.kyinbridges.com.

About Kentucky Derby Festival: Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

502.584.FEST| 1001 S. Third Street| Louisville, Kentucky 40203

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