Ohio Lawmakers Favor Tolls To Pay For New Bridge
Travelers from Kentucky to the Queen City may one day have to reach for their wallets to cross a bridge into town.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is supporting a legislative proposal that would require motorists to pay a toll to cross a major Ohio River bridge.
Sponsors say the bill introduced in the Ohio House on Tuesday is necessary to pave the way for a new bridge to handle traffic over the river on Interstate 71/75 in Cincinnati.
Plans call for an automated toll system on the current Brent Spence Bridge. The toll amount hasn't yet been set.
Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said in a statement that the legislation "will help us move forward with the revitalization of this heavily traveled corridor while improving accessibility and safety of local motorists."
The 51-year-old bridge carries about 172,000 vehicles daily between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky.