interstate 69 300UPDATE: (7/19/18) — Ohio River Crossing officials reported I-69 will be tolled, regardless of which alternative plan is selected.

"The toll revenue is necessary to get a new I-69 bridge built and to be able to operate and maintain cross-river mobility in the area," Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson said in a statement. "Tolling U.S. 41 may be necessary if West Alternative 1 or Central Alternative 1 (the alternatives that retain a U.S. 41 bridge) is selected."

Peterson said the project team is currently making assumptions to evaluate tolling scenarios.

"As a starting place, the team is assuming toll rates would be similar to what is used in Louisville for the Ohio River Bridges Project," she said. "A bi-state body will be created to establish toll policy, including what facilities are tolled and toll rates."

ORX eplained tolls will be collected electronically to keep traffic moving via sensors on toll gantries that will read transponders or small devices placed in a vehicle's windshield to deduct toll fees. For drivers without toll accounts, an invoice will be sent to registered vehicle owners through cameras that photograph license plates. 

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/16/18) — Madisonville City Council approved a resolution in support of the I-69 Central Corridor 1 route during a meeting held today.

Madisonville resident Bill Corum, who serves on the board of Bridge Link, explained Henderson city and county governments have already approved one of five routes for the I-69 Ohio River crossing. He also mentioned counties in the region stand behind Henderson’s decision.

The interstate is nearing completion from Canada to Memphis and is quickly becoming the most critical infrastructure needed to assure I-69 does not stop at the Ohio River. I-69 would be the only highway east of Colorado that would run from Canada to Mexico. The regional project is expected to be complete by 2025.

Corum said one of the older twin bridges would remain open to local traffic and would not require a toll to cross. Toll for the new bridge will likely be $2 if drivers have transponders in their vehicles that bills their accounts. Those without transponders in windshields would be charged $4 for crossing the bridge via computer scan of license plates.

Central Corridor 1 would be the quickest path and would maximize the use of existing highway, since the Corridor 2 plan would impact the most residents and businesses off U.S. 41, Corum said. Corridor 1 will run east of Ellis Park that would affect four residents and farmland.

In other business, the council:

• Approved an elevator maintenance contract with ThyssenKupp for $45 per month over a five-year period.

• Approved advertisement for bids on Phase III paving and striping at Mahr Park playground and dog park.

• Accepted a $507,994 bid from Garrigan Building and Construction for Phase II at Mahr Park playground and dog park related to restrooms, pavilions and concrete work. Akins Construction’s bid was $590,443.

The city also approved Mayor David Jackson’s appointment of Tim Thomas, who will serve four years on the Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission.

Police Chief Chris Taylor gave a report indicating serious crime is down 17 percent in the city, compared to last year’s statistics, although other crimes were up 24 percent. Police seized $23,048 worth of illegal drugs off the streets last month, with marijuana making up $20,245 of the total. Officers have stepped up patrol on the west side of town after several fires broke out in the area recently, believed to have been purposely set.

Fire Chief Ray Wyatt reported the department responded to 157 calls last month. Loss of property was listed at $257,909. Average response time for all calls was 4 minutes and 12 seconds.

Jackson recognized dispatcher Terry Jones for five years of service, Brando Tow for 15 years at the fire department, Jason Wiley for 25 years at transportation and water plant worker Neil Gordon for 25 years.

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