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Bridges Authority looks at six proposals

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Ohio River Bridges Authority is trying to come up with the best way to build the project.  So far, there are six plans on the table. The Ohio River Bridges Authority had planned to tell on Thursday exactly how it preferred to build the bridges. But members say they need more time.

Members of the Bridges Authority learned more about those plans Thursday morning during a meeting at the African American Heritage Center on West Muhammad Ali Blvd. 

It is the first meeting for the Ohio River Bridges Authority since the shutdown of the Sherman Minton.

There are six options on the table, and members will have to choose one. Each plan lays out different ways to finance and build the project.

Take the Milton-Madison Bridge, for example. It is a build-as-you-go bridge, meaning it is being constructed and designed at the same time, cutting years off the project.

Some of the options for the Bridges Authority are similar. All six options include tolls. "Tolling will pay for a significant part of the project, but it will not pay for it all," said Kerry Stemler, of the Bridges Authority. "It's critical that both states have an equity position and have to put the money into the project to get it built."

Members of the authority say they want more time to consider the options and ask lawmakers for legal approvals, if needed.  Other deadlines are still in place -- a financing plan by the end of the year and construction to start in about a year.

The earliest that tolls would start would be 2017. If you want to avoid tolls, none will be placed on the Sherman Minton or Clark Memorial.

Members of the Bridges Authority will meet with legislators before committing to a plan.

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