Tolls Coming Soon to Ohio River Bridges Project
We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel… or should we say bridge? After months and months of construction and changing traffic patterns, the Ohio River Bridges Project is on track to be completed by the end of the year. According to the official Ohio River Bridges website, the purpose of the project is to “to increase cross-river mobility by improving safety, alleviating traffic congestion and connecting highways,” which we all should agree will help stimulate the economy on both sides of the Ohio. Of course, every project requires money and as the construction comes to an end, the new tolling system will begin.
Semonin Realtors recently welcomed guest speaker, Mindy Peterson of RiverLink, to outline the tolling rates and options. RiverLink, the tolling system that will be used on the Brides Project is all-electronic, meaning there will be “no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines, and no stopping”. Tolling will take place on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the Kennedy Bridge and the new East End Bridge where sensors and video cameras will be installed.
Toll rates vary by vehicle classification, and drivers can choose between three payment methods.
1. Transponders (Toll fee: $2 for a passenger vehicle)
A transponder is a device that can be place inside your car and communicate with the tolling sensors. So every time you cross a toll bridge, your payment is automatically deducted from your RiverLink account. Drivers can either choose a $15 portable transponder that can be used in multiple cars and used in 16 other states in our region, or they can choose the free transponder sticker that can only be used in one car and only on the three Ohio River toll bridges.
2. Registered License Plate (Toll fee: $3 for a passenger vehicle)
Drivers not using a transponder can register their license plate with the system and set up a prepaid account. Your license plate will be identified by cameras as you cross a toll bridge and withdraw the money from your account. Accounts can be created with a minimum balance of $20 and RiverLink can automatically replenish the account using your credit card, debit card, or checking account when the balance is low.
3. Unregistered License Plate (Toll free: $4 for a passenger vehicle)
For those who do not set up any sort of account will not receive any sort of discount. Each time their car crosses a toll bridge, cameras will photograph the license plate and a bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
These tolls are scheduled to begin by the end of this year! To use the more convenient and lowest cost options, open your RiverLink account today!