Bi-state Ohio River bridge board restarts toll bidding process for Kentucky-Indiana bridges

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A bi-state board overseeing the construction of new Ohio River bridges linking Kentucky and Indiana has restarted its search for a company to handle tolling on those bridges amid concerns about a possible conflict of interest in that search.

The board voted Friday to restart the toll services bidding process following a protest submitted to and reviewed by the Indiana Finance Authority.

The Courier-Journal reports ( ) Nashville, Tennessee-based TransCore LP raised questions involving one of the contractors who submitted a proposal for the bridge tolls.

The finance authority dismissed TransCore's allegations as unsubstantiated. But it did find what it considered an organizational and personal conflict of interest between a subcontractor of the preferred proposer and a subcontractor of the joint board's toll adviser that wasn't disclosed during its initial proposal.

"We recommended, based on our findings of conflict of interest, that the toll services procurement be terminated and restarted," finance authority attorney Andy Kienle said after the meeting.

The project board and finance authority board both gave initial approval in August to a $39.9 million contract with Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc., whose parent company is based in Austria.

Project officials said Kapsch, TransCore and other contractors will not be prohibited from bidding on the new contract.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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