We were beginning to think no one else took notice that the New Albany City Council passed a resolution condemning tolling as a way to pay for the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project.
From News and Tribune:
Council President John Gonder said the latest plan offered would charge a Hoosier commuter $6 a day to drive back-and-forth to work in Kentucky if tolling is called upon to fund the $4.1 billion project.
“Is it conscionable to ask them to pay $1,500 a year to go to work,” Gonder said.
Last week, LEO Weekly reported that the southern Indiana city passed a non-binding measure by a 6 to 2 vote, with one abstention to reject the tolling option. The council members cited growing concern amongst constituents about the costs to motorists who cross the Ohio River regularly.
Recently, the bi-state bridges authority has submitted a financial estimate suggested charging drivers a $3 toll each way to cross the bridges and other plans that included tolling parts of Interstates 64 and 71 that don’t cross a bridge.
The resolution specifically calls for the project to be scaled down and for the construction of an East End bridge that would span the Ohio River between the I-265/US-42 junction and Utica, Indiana. The council joins the News and Tribune’s editorial board in questioning the behemoth public works project, which is much unlike their counterparts (Louisville Metro Council and The Courier-Journal) across the bridge.