Okay, we give: what if you go through the toll booth about once a year?Posted by Angela Howser on Monday, December 27th, 2010 @ 4:52 pm.
WABASH TOLL BRIDGE—All kinds of PSAs in the news this weekend regarding the removal of the toll booth at the Wabash River Bridge between New Haven and Mt. Vernon, Ind.
It’s apparently a big deal, with an ‘automated’ tolling booth being installed for ease of folks passing through. Those traveling through the bridge will pass by a transponder that will detect a sticker on the windshield of a vehicle (one that a driver must presumably purchase in advance), the sticker indicating an account out of which the toll will be drawn, which means that a little ‘beep’ will allow that car to seamlessly pass on by the toll booth without having to stop and pay the toll taker a pesky little dollar toll.
Indiana Department of Transportation seems all pleased with themselves that the tolling should be automatic by New Years’ Day.
The big problem we’re seeing, however, is that not everybody passes through that bridge every day of their lives…so what happens when you pass through there once a year, kinda like we do when we’re on our way to Shawneetown from Evansville for some random activity there? Is there anyone to take a ‘one-time’ toll?
According to all the news releases about it, it doesn’t seem that there will be. It appears, for all the hype, that there are no explanations about how the occasional traveler is going to get across that bridge. Of course, that’s probably just something we haven’t come across….but isn’t that a little bizarre? What’s worse is that we’re hearing that when you go to www.wabashbridge.com to get yourself a transponder sticker, you have to put a minimum of $50 down. WTH? That’d set us up for the next half-century. There have to be bugs to work out of this…but wow, the size of the bugs.
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