Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock responds to a question from OKI Executive Director Mark Policinski regarding speculation that tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge would cost $6.50.
That is certainly not the case. As included in the Options Analysis the Transportation Cabinet publicly released with the Ohio Department of Transportation last fall, two tolling scenarios have been evaluated thus far. The base, per-trip rate for a passenger vehicle was between $1 and $2. For light trucks (box trucks), rates from $3 to $6 were evaluated, and for heavy trucks (semis), rates ranged from $5 to $10 per trip. Here are the details of the two scenarios analyzed in the Options Analysis:
o $1 base toll for passenger vehicles
o $3 base toll for light trucks (box trucks)
o $5 base toll for heavy trucks (semis)
o $2 base toll for passenger vehicles
o $6 base toll for light trucks (box trucks)
o $10 base toll for heavy trucks (semis)
It is important to note that these are preliminary rate scenarios and are subject to change as traffic and revenue analyses continue and the ultimate plan of finance is developed. At no time has a toll rate of $6.50 for one-way passenger vehicle travel ever been discussed or been remotely considered.