Toll Booths Close For Good

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

Driving through the toll bridge without stopping to pay a toll is unfamiliar territory for motorists on the Natcher Parkway.

"I think that's gonna be good for the area. Its certainly pleasing for a whole lot of people they've had to stop, be inconvenienced and take home some money out of their pocket just to be traveling home," said Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher.

Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said the removal of the toll roads will not only save people the hassle while traveling the Natcher. It will also provide new opportunities for South Central Kentucky.

"It also opens up economic development and makes it more attractive for the people down through here. I know its aggravating to have to stop and pay a toll and people do it everyday here," Nighbert said.

The Nov. 21, 2006, toll closing ceremony included the unveiling of signs to alert drivers that the 70-mile Natcher Parkway is no longer a toll-taking road.

Governor Ernie Fletcher officially brought an end to the toll-booth era by manning a bulldozer and destroying one of the toll booths.

"These toll booths are kind of a symbol of a road tax on people so to be able to tear that down and kind of take that away is a great feeling but as I said, I think I better keep my day job," laughed Fletcher.

For more information on the Audubon Parkway, log onto transportation.ky.gov/toll/audobon.htm. And for more information on the William Natcher Parkway, log onto transportation.ky.gov/toll/natcher.htm.


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