Traveling over bridges on the Ohio River in 2017 will cost you.
Travelers will start paying tolls on Dec. 30 to cross three Ohio River bridges connecting Kentucky and Indiana. But there won’t be any new toll booths.
“These will be all electronic, open road tolling,” says Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield. “That means there’s no stopping, no waiting in line and no toll booths. You just continue on your way.”
Wingfield says drivers will pay the toll in one of two ways.
“Either a censor will read your transponder or a camera will capture your license plate and you’ll be sent a bill in the mail,” he says.
The transponders can be purchased online and Wingfield says those drivers will pay the lowest rates, costing $2 each way.
Drivers who cross the bridge 4o times in a calendar month will get a “frequent user” discount.
“It’s primarily intended for drivers that commute across the river every day,” says Wingfield.
Toll rates will range from $2 to $12, depending on vehicle size and whether the driver has the prepaid RiverLink account and a transponder.
The toll money collected will be used to pay off the new bridges.
Tolls will be assessed on the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge connecting Louisville and southern Indiana. The new East End bridge connecting the Prospect area in Kentucky to the Utica area in Indiana will also be tolled.