Bridges Authority Reconvenes

by Rick Howlett on July 1, 2010

By Rick Howlett

The bi-state authority in charge of developing a plan to build two new Ohio River bridges
held its regular meeting Thursday in Clark County, Indiana.

The 14 member panel has been largely dealing with organizational matters since first convening in February. On Thursday, it approved its mission and vision statements.

Authority member Joe Reagan of Louisville says it’s important for the group to have a clear agenda.

“We’re here to build the bridges, we’re not here to only come up with a finance plan, (or) only come up with an approach to bi-state cooperation, or what it might be,” he said.

The authority is working with a strategic advisor to develop financing and construction plans for the project, which has an estimated price tag of $1.4 billion.

It proposes new bridges linking Louisville and southern Indiana and a reconfiguration
of the Spaghetti Junction interchange.      

Officials have said it’s likely that tolls will be used to help fund the project.

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Curtis Morrison July 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Respectfully, Rick, this isn’t much information. You didn’t mention how they ratified their mission and vision statement at the meeting.
Or how they have sent a letter to the Fed’s requesting permission to toll all bridges, although they aren’t talking about that. Or how there were several people speaking today, including myself, in opposition to the tolls at the public part of the meeting.
Or that the meeting was held at the boone docks in the morning even, to stop people from coming.
Or that they’ve only scheduled one more meeting prior to the election of Louisville’s next mayor, and what the hell that is about?
Hopefully you’ll be expanding upon this story?

Curtis Morrison July 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Sorry, you did mention the ratification. What I get for speed-reading.

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