the Wabash River have been seeing double since New Year's Day.
The cost to cross the river at New Harmony, IN, into Illinois
doubled for most drivers when the new year rang in.
County, IL, Bridge Commission more than doubled the toll for one-ton
trucks, jumping from 70 cents to $1.50, and is charging an additional
50 cents for every axle more than two. Five-axle big rigs will
be charged $3, up from $1.45.
vehicles are also paying more. Four wheelers are forking over
$1, up from 50 cents. Not even bicyclists were able to escape
the push for additional revenue. They will be charged a quarter.
threatened last fall to close the bridge this year due to a lack
of available finances. About two weeks before the commission planned
to barricade the bridge, legislators in Illinois secured $120,000
to keep the bridge open for at least another year.
are that it will cost $2 million to $3 million to repair the bridge
and make it acceptable under federal standards. The cost to replace
the bridge is estimated at more than $25 million.