Unplugging the Bottleneck

While there is risk, there is also optimism about the financial viability of Louisville's improved infrastructure, Wolfe says. "The two states fully expect construction of the crossings to be a boon to development on both sides of the Ohio River. At present, the Interstate 65 crossing and the Kennedy interchange in downtown Louisville constitutes a bottleneck for commerce," he notes.

Matt Walsh, chairman of Walsh Group, is also confident. "We do not take toll risk," Walsh says. "Indiana has an excellent credit rating, one of the best in the United States."