LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After spending $2.three billion on the most important transportation challenge within the Louisville area’s historical past, Kentucky and Indiana launched a excessive-velocity tolling community over the Ohio River late final yr.
The RiverLink system has had sporadic complaints and glitches in its first 10 months, and earlier in October greater than 5,000 drivers have been despatched faulty payments itemizing late charges that weren’t owed.
But the 4-individual group of public officers finally in command of overseeing the undertaking has not held a gathering this yr – a violation of its personal bylaws – as a result of a spokesperson says they haven’t any “motion gadgets” to debate.
Made up of prime finance and transportation officers in each states, the Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board was established in 2012 to offer “lengthy-time period oversight and administration duty” of the bridges venture. A yr later, it pledged in its bylaws to satisfy at the least as soon as each three months.
That hasn’t occurred. Requested to elucidate why the board hasn’t met, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Transportation Cupboard referred to as the bylaws a “framework,” and officers in each states insist these guidelines will not be a ”statutory requirement.”
However some open authorities specialists say the shortage of conferences is troubling, particularly as a result of the board is chargeable for a venture with such a broad impression.
“I can see the challenges of holding board conferences comprised of officers from two states, however as a board member you’re a consultant of the general public pursuits,” stated Dwight V. Denison, professor of public and nonprofit finance on the College of Kentucky’s Martin Faculty of Public Coverage and Administration.
In an e mail, Denison stated it will be troublesome to satisfy that public duty with out assembly as a board.
“Sure, some oversight might be managed by means of e mail, telephone calls and monetary stories, however typically dialogue is important to vet considerations and handle issues,” he stated.
Since organizing in 2013, the joint board has made key selections on the challenge that added the Interstate sixty five Abraham Lincoln Bridge, strengthened the adjoining John F. Kennedy Bridge, constructed the upriver Lewis and Clark Bridge and rebuilt the downtown Spaghetti Junction interchange.
In 2015, the board selected Kapsch TrafficCom to function the toll system now often known as RiverLink on the Kennedy, Lincoln and Lewis and Clark spans. It employed – and later fired – a tolling adviser that ultimately settled a lawsuit over the ouster for…