Effective July 1, the Indiana Department of Transportation will stop collecting tolls for motorists crossing the Wabash Memorial Bridge in Posey County.
The decision comes after INDOT evaluated a number of factors, such as traffic volume and the maintenance and operational costs associated with the bridge.
"While tolling is a responsible and acceptable approach to covering the longer-term cost of infrastructure maintenance and operation, our recent evaluation demonstrated it wasn't right for this particular bridge, which has a very low volume of traffic," said Karl Browning, INDOT commissioner.
Officials say only about 4,000 cars a day cross the Wabash Memorial Bridge, with about one-third coming from Indiana, the additional two-thirds coming from Illinois.
INDOT will refund those individuals who have any unused tolls prepaid on their Wabash Pass accounts. Additionally, the agency will collect on delinquent tolls not paid prior to July 1.
Wabash Pass account holders can verify their account balance and confirm their mailing address for refunds by visiting www.wabashpass.com or calling 1-855-Wabash1 (1-855-922-2741).
Since 1956, the Wabash Bridge has been a vital link for motorists traveling between White County, IL, and Posey County, IN.
INDOT says its goal is to maintain this bridge as a key link for area residents who work, shop or travel in west central Illinois or southwestern Indiana.
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