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Kennedy Bridge open to southbound traffic

Kennedy Bridge open 5 lanes of southbound traffic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Five lanes of the Kennedy Bridge are now open to anyone driving south across the Ohio River.

Ramps from I-65 South to I-64 East and to I-71 North are also open. They had been closed since January.

However, the ramp from I-65 South to I-64 West will remain closed for a few more weeks. It is expected to open by early November.

All these changes also mean the new Lincoln Bridge will carry only northbound traffic.

“On the Lincoln, we have a little more work to do before we fully open that up," said Mindy Peterson, Ohio River Bridges Project spokesperson. "We'll be adding a new lane in the near future. But as we add a lane there, you're still kind of choking down at the northbound end when you get close to Indiana.”

Peterson said all six southbound lanes on the Kennedy, all six northbound lanes on the Lincoln and all ramps will be open by early December. There could still be some surface streets that need a little work into next year.

December is also when tolling is expected to start. Since July, more than 10,500 RiverLink accounts have been set up. That includes more than 300 commercial accounts

"It's a good start,” Peterson said. “That tells us that people understand that they need to get a transponder to pay the lowest rates. But it also tells us a lot of people are waiting."

With a pass, it will cost $2 to cross either bridge. Without a pass, drivers will be charged $4.

Drivers can have up to four cars on each account. When you sign up, you must add $20 to the account. That money will sit there until you use either bridge. Then the $2 toll will be deducted from your account. You can add more money to the account whenever you need.

When you sign up for a local RiverLink transponder, crews will drop it in the mail and you should receive it in a few days. It will look like a sticker for your windshield that you get with an oil change.

If you choose to get an EZ Pass, which will work on toll roads in multiple states, do not be concerned if you have not received it yet. Peterson said those passes will be mailed out later this fall once the RiverLink system is set up to be fully operational in all 16 states.

Once the system works, those passes will be mailed to you free of charge and arrive in seven to ten days. Peterson said they intend to have the system set up and passes out to everyone before tolling starts in December.

The digital system will scan your license when you cross the bridge. It will either deduct the $2 toll from your RiverLink account or it will mail you a bill for the $4 toll.

Peterson said the hiccups that people experienced when the website first launched have been resolved. It should take five minutes to sign up. If anyone experiences any complications, you need to call the customer service line at 855-RIV-LINK.

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