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Metro Council members file resolution against tolls on existing bridges in Metro Louisville

Friday September 3, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
               Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752

On Friday, several members of the Metro Council filed a resolution in opposition to the placing of tolls on any existing infrastructure, such as a bridge or highway, in the Metro Louisville area.

The sponsors of the resolution have released the following joint statement:

“Working families in Metro Louisville are having a difficult time as it in this economy and placing tolls on existing infrastructure would not only be a financial hardship for local residents but it is just unfair. We hope this resolution will encourage the Bridges Authority to drop the idea of placing tolls on existing structures like the Kennedy Bridge and others. We strongly believe there are other ways of financing this important project without placing such an undue burden on people who may not be able to afford it.”

Councilman Jim King (D-10)

“Support for this resolution in no way should be interpreted as opposition to the Ohio River Bridges Project nor opposition to any tolls. Instead, it states the Council’s position that it is fundamentally wrong to begin tolling existing transportation infrastructure currently used by hard-working citizens whose livelihood depends on it in Kentucky and Indiana. Equally as important, it affirms that the ORBP should be built in phases, beginning with the East End Bridge.”

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)

“Many members of the Metro Council have expressed concern about tolls on existing bridges and highways. We are hearing from our constituents who are concerned about paying to drive on bridges or highways that already been built. We feel it is important to send a strong message to the Bridges Authority from this community that building any future bridge or bridges should be done as practically and realistically as possible.”

President Tom Owen (D-8)

“During this difficult economic time, we should be working to pull Louisville out of this recession, not adding more of a financial burden to Louisvillians as they travel to the new arena, restaurants, museums or even hospitals. We hope that this resolution will encourage the Bridges Authority to take a closer look at streamlining the Bridges Project in order to maximize efficiency and lower the overall cost.”

Councilman Hal Heiner (R-19)

The resolution will be assigned by the Metro Council’s Committee on Committees on Tuesday September 7th. It will be give first reading at the Metro Council next regular meeting on Thursday, September 9th.

Sponsors:
Jim King (D) 10
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Tom Owen (D) 8
Hal Heiner (R) 19