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Nearly 77,000 vehicles crossed tolled Ohio River bridges Tuesday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the first day back to school and work after the holidays, and that means the first real test of the new electronic tolling system on the Ohio River bridges.

The latest from RiverLink is that operationally, things are looking good. They have had no major problems to report.

RiverLink reports that there were nearly 77,000 vehicles crossing on the three tolled bridges on Tuesday through 7 p.m. Of those vehicles, 45 percent had transponders.

Riverlink calls that a "strong start."

One problem to report from the tolling company is that the demand to buy transponders currently is very high, therefore the inventory is depleted. That means those just opening accounts will have a longer wait than usual, possibly several weeks, for transponders to arrive.

That said, RiverLink says drivers with pre-paid RiverLink accounts will still pay the lowest rates while you wait for a transponder to arrive. If you do have a transponder mounted in your car, you will typically see toll activity post to your accounts within 24-48 hours.

Some Louisville drivers are not convinced the toll is worth the drive. Keith Winborn said he still has not decided if he will get a transponder.

"Me and my wife, we talked about it," Winborn said. "Because we go across there to go to some movies and some stuff. So it'll be something that we come to think about."

Other drivers are determined to use the non-tolled options, the Sherman Minton or Clark Memorial Bridges, if they need to cross the Ohio River.

"I just take Second Street," said Tijuan Howard, who lives in Louisville. "That's just common sense. And whatever way you need to get to Jeffersonville, you can just take the back streets. People are going to figure that out. It's not hard."

On average, about 110,000 drivers are expected to use the three tolled bridges on a daily basis. 

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