The grassroots Say No To Bridge Tolls (SNTBT) group has gathered more than 10,000 signatures in an effort to petition the federal government to stop — please god, stop — the prospect of using tolls to pay for the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project.
From a press release disseminated yesterday:
On Monday, November 22, 2010, Say NO to Bridge TOLLS is mailing to Secretary Lahood the “No Tolls” Petitions, totaling 10,328 signatures, along with the signatures of 210 business owners, and copies of the eight “No Tolls Resolutions” that have passed in the following municipalities and governments: Louisville Metro Council, New Albany City Council, Jeffersonville City Council, Clark County Commissioners , Clarksville Town Council, Sellersburg Town Council, Clark County Council and the Utica Town Board. These eight governmental entities represent roughly 1 million people that will be most affected by the Ohio River Bridges Project, and the working people that stand to suffer the most by the burden of the threatened tolls.
In addition to the signatures, SNTBT has solicited signatures from 210 small businesses owners opposed to the project, which if constructed in its entirety will build two new spans over the Ohio River, expand Spaghetti Junction as well as will dig a giant hole and fill it with burning hundred-dollar bills.