By Keith Goble
state legislative editor
Opportunities to comment on plans for toll bridges, toll roads, and transportation funding are available around the country. Included below are recent notices that OOIDA has sent to members. To be added to the list of truckers who receive notices like these by e-mail when issues of importance come up in your home state, contact OOIDA’s Angel Burnell at 800-444-5791, Ext. 1600, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana and Kentucky
Opportunities exist to voice concerns about a plan to place tolls on three bridges in the Louisville area in order to pay for two new bridges.
The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority wants to fund about half of the $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges project with tolls on new and existing bridges in the region. Plans also include improvements to the Spaghetti Junction interchange consisting of I-64, I-65 and I-71.
The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority is accepting comments by online form at kyinbridges.com/contact-us/; by phone at 502-394-3847; by fax at 502-426-9778; or by mail at CTS-GEC, Forum Office Park III, 305 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40222.
The U.S. DOT is also accepting comments. Comments can be submitted by mail to Gregory Rawlings, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration – Kentucky Division, 330 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601-1981.
The NCDOT is asking the public for feedback about what improvements they would like to see done to I-95, as well as how to pay for it. Among the options being discussed are public-private partnerships and local sales taxes.
Input on “Driving 95. What’s Your View?” can be given by calling 877-I95-VIEW (877-495-8439) or e-mailing email@example.com. Other options are to comment on Facebook or on Twitter at “Driving 95.”
Oregon and Washington
The Columbia River Crossing is taking comments on proposals to replace an Interstate 5 bridge over the river. Plans are being evaluated for finances, implementation and the long-term review process for the bridge project.
Officials say this project could require the existing I-5 bridge linking Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, to be tolled to help fund the replacement bridge.
Making your voice heard could influence the choice that is made. Public comments are being accepted via an online comment form at columbiarivercrossing.org; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone at 360-737-2726 or 503-256-2726; by fax at 360-737-0294; or by mail at 700 Washington St., Suite 300, Vancouver, WA 98660.
Area transportation officials are developing a plan to create a network of toll roads that would include new and existing lanes in the region. There is an opportunity to voice concerns about the proposal, which could guide major changes and additions to the area’s road network.
Comments can be submitted by mail to the attention of Ron Kirby, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 N. Capitol St. NE, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20002-4290; or by phone at 202-962-3200. LL