Truck drivers and non-commercial drivers – you may or may not have heard the plan to place tolls on three bridges in the Louisville, KY area.
The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridge Authority wants to fund about half of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridge projects with tolls on new and existing bridges in the region.
Plans also include improvements to the Spaghetti Junction interchange consisting of Interstate 64, I-65 and I-71.
My question is why is Kentucky trying to find funding for half this project – when I thought The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 paid for things like this.
These are bridges that have been built with federal and state highway funds. Adding a toll would be “double taxation” and is not right. People need to take a stand and voice their concerns about adding tolls to fund half of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges project with these tolls. Tolls would be placed on the existing Sherman Minton Bridge, the Clark Memorial Bridge and the John F. Kennedy Bridge.
The public is encouraged to comment on this plan. Also, your state lawmakers need to know you are opposed to efforts to pursue tolls on existing transportation infrastructure built with tax dollars. You need to let these people know that you oppose adding tolls to these bridges and you expect them to come up with other ways to pay for these projects. Truck drivers and other highway users are already taxed enough as they already pay a their fair share of taxes.
Don’t hesitate to remind them that trucks already pay a state fuel tax and a federal fuel tax on every mile they run. Tolling an existing bridge or highway IS double taxation.
To contact your Senators in Kentucky:
Bunning, Jim – (R – KY)
316 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: Email Senator Bunning
McConnell, Mitch – (R – KY)
361A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: Email Senator McConnell
To contact your Senators in Indiana:
Bayh, Evan – (D – IN)
131 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: Email Senator Bayh
Lugar, Richard G. – (R – IN)
306 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: Email Senator Lugar
Contacts for Kentucky State Representatives
Contacts for Indiana State Representatives
I want to thank OOIDA for keeping on top of this.
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