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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We'll find out next week how much tolls will be on the Ohio River bridges, as officials with the project prepare to lay the groundwork for tolling in the coming weeks.
On Aug. 30, the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority will meet in Frankfort to go over an in-depth study regarding the projected traffic and revenue of the bridges. Officials with the project say the study will help guide decisions about tolling and financing of the project.
On Sept. 5, the Tolling Body and the Joint Board will set initial base toll rates, and establish rules and governance plans. The meeting will take place at the Sheraton in Jeffersonville at 10 a.m.
Ahead of the meetings, officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project held a media briefing to clear up any confusion over the future tolls.
Project officials say tolls to cross the bridges will be collected electronically and drivers won't even have to slow down.
Officials with the Bridges Project say it will cost $1 each way for frequent travelers who have a pre-paid transponder in their car. Casual travelers will most likely pay $2 each way, while box trucks will cost $5.
If you don't want to put a transponder in your car, you can opt to register your license plate number for a slightly higher rate.
If you blow right through the tolls without registering your vehicle, officials say they'll track your license plate and send you a bill at an even higher rate.
For those from out of state, officials say they'll do their best to track the driver down and receive payment, but they realize they may not be able to collect all the fees.
"Nobody claims this is a failsafe system and that every single toll will be collected but we believe the people who don't pay will be very low," said Chuck Wolfe with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Of course, some people will avoid the tolled bridges altogether. It is something officials say they're planning for, especially during the first two years. "It wouldn't be fair to have no free crossings of the river, that would really be an injustice to people," said Wolfe.