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RiverLink toll rates rising — but not as much as before

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It will continue to cost more to cross the Louisville area’s toll bridges, although the latest increase isn’t as sharp as it was last year.

RiverLink rates rise automatically every summer as part of an agreement between Kentucky and Indiana state governments meant to generate money for the toll system’s upkeep and repairs.

That deal, approved years before the new toll bridges were built, requires an automatic rate hike of 2.5% or the annual rate of inflation — whichever is higher.

Starting July 1, rates for crossing the three spans will jump to $2.61 to $15.61 depending on the type of vehicle and whether it has a prepaid transponder. The states bumped the rates based on the Consumer Price Index, which rose 3.4% over that time, according to a news release.

The annual inflation rate was lower than during the ratesetting process the last two years: 4.9% in 2023 and 8.3% in 2022.

 

Credit: WDRB-TV/Louisville