Tolls proposed for Ohio River bridge

Brent Spence Bridge
The 1960's built Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River that connects northern Kentucky with Cincinnati is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, from Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation is supporting a legislative proposal that would require motorists to pay a toll to cross a major Ohio River bridge.

Sponsors say the bill introduced in the Ohio House on Tuesday is necessary to pave the way for a new bridge to handle traffic over the river on Interstate 71/75 in Cincinnati.

Plans call for an automated toll system on the current Brent Spence Bridge. The toll amount hasn’t yet been set.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said in a statement that the legislation “will help us move forward with the revitalization of this heavily traveled corridor while improving accessibility and safety of local motorists.”

The 51-year-old bridge carries about 172,000 vehicles daily between Cincinnati and Covington, Kentucky.

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