Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
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EHI Consultants was involved in the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, which aimed to enhance safety, traffic flow, and economic development by constructing two bridges and the connecting highways.
Specifically, EHI was tasked with assisting Kentucky and Indiana in evaluating the potential economic impacts of tolls on Environmental Justice (EJ) populations. This included assessing public outreach efforts, gathering public input on mitigation measures, and recommending strategies to mitigate the tolling impacts on EJ populations.
The scope of EHI’s work included coordinating 12 public outreach events to discuss the implementation of all-electronic tolling (RiverLink) and its implications for the project. Additionally, a detailed assessment was conducted to analyze the potential economic effects of tolls on low-income and minority populations. This assessment incorporated the latest population data, traffic forecasts, and community feedback.
Furthermore, EHI identified and evaluated various measures aimed at mitigating the tolling impacts on low-income and minority populations. These measures were designed to address the concerns and needs of these communities. EHI also provided opportunities for additional public input on the proposed mitigation measures, ensuring that community voices were heard throughout the process. This information and feedback were utilized to establish the Tolling Policy and develop a Tolling Mitigation Plan as required by the Revised Record of Decision (RROD).