Bridges project toll operator given notice to start work
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Indiana has given the go-ahead for the Ohio River Bridges Project's toll system operator to start work.
Virginia-based Kapsch TrafficCom North America received the notice to proceed earlier this week, said Will Wingfield of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Virginia-based Kapsch issued a press release Wednesday saying that it had finalized its contract.
The contract clears the way for the company to begin preparing an all-electronic system that will track cars and trucks as they cross three toll bridges – a new downtown span and the Kennedy Bridge next to it and an upriver crossing. Without toll booths, cameras and sensors will monitor how many vehicles use those roads and Kapsch will collect the tolls.
Indiana oversaw the contracting on behalf of both states.
“We wish to thank Indiana and Kentucky for their selection of Kapsch as their end to end service provider, and we look forward to delivering upon our selection as the best value solution,” Chris Murray, President and CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc, said in the news release.
The states originally chose Kapsch last year but re-bid the contract after a competitor levied conflict-of-interest allegations against a subcontractor. In March, Indiana and Kentucky once again selected Kapsch, which submitted a $41.5 million bid.
Under the seven-year deal, the company will erect toll gantries, operate a customer service center and maintain the toll roads.
While Kapsch now is on board, the states have hinted in recent weeks about possible changes to another key contractor – the company serving as their representative on toll-related issues.
The states chose eTrans KY Inc., a company connected to the eTrans Group of Johns Creek, Ga., in February to replace Computer Aid Inc., which was at the center of the conflict-of-interest claims surrounding the original Kapsch award.
A board of top project leaders twice has scheduled meetings to address eTrans and consider additional procurements, including a meeting this week, only to cancel both meetings.
“There is not complete agreement that it is time yet for a meeting. And I don't know what else to say about it,” said Chuck Wolfe, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman. He declined to say the specific action the board – comprised of the top finance and transportation leaders of both states – planned to consider.
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