Tolling measure clears Ohio Senate

The Brent Spence Bridge. FOX19 file photo
The Brent Spence Bridge. FOX19 file photo

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that will allow the state to use electronic tolling, a possible way to help pay for a new Brent Spence Bridge.

The Senate passed House Bill 533 with a 31-0 vote, sending the measure to Gov. John Kasich. The Ohio House approved the bill 88-7 on May 21.

Among several provisions, the bill would give the Ohio Department of Transportation authority to enforce electronic tolling and it would place privacy controls on the information collected through electronic tolling.

The bridge carries northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 75/71 from Cincinnati to Covington over the Ohio River. More than 175,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. The original design was meant to accommodate 80,000 vehicles.

The bridge opened in 1963 and is named after Brent Spence, a former Northern Kentucky congressman.

Replacing it could cost $2.5 billion.

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