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Construction Begins on Big Four Bridge Re-decking

by Dalton Main on July 6, 2011

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on the Big Four Bridge today.  Construction will now begin on re-decking the old railroad bridge across the Ohio River.

Congressman John Yarmuth congratulated Governor Beshear, Louisville Mayor Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan for their teamwork on getting the project started.

“This will be something that will bring us closer together, will stimulate economic activity on both sides of the river and will mean so much to our citizens just  in terms of the quality of life.”

Governor Beshear also made a commitment on making this the first step in a larger endeavor.

“I want to stand here and assure you right now, not only are we going to finishe the big four bridge project, we are going to build the Ohio River Bridges and finish that project.”

When the work is completed, the Big Four Bridge will be the longest pedestrian bridge over water in the United States.   Officials say it will eliminate the need for a pedestrian walkway on a new downtown bridge over the Ohio River and reduce costs for that project. You can read about the Big Four financing plan here.

Governor Beshear and Mayor Fischer later appeared at the Old Fort Nelson building at 8th and Main streets to announce the creation of a Michter’s Whiskey distillery.

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Mayor, MetroSafe Remind Citizens of Emergency Alerts

by Dalton Main May 25, 2011

In light of recent destruction caused by severe weather and tornadoes in the midwest, Louisville Metro Government officials are reminding citizens the city’s alert systems. Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging Louisvillians to purchase weather radios or subscribe to text message alerts from media outlets. “A text alert could waken you,” Fischer says “but it could […]

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Fischer Planning “Painful” Cuts Over Next Three Years

by Gabe Bullard May 23, 2011

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will introduce his budget for the next fiscal year on Thursday. The spending plan will make a number of one-time cuts to overcome a $22.5 million shortfall. But subsequent budget cuts will be grim. For the last few years, city budgets have become leaner and leaner. Since a full economic recovery […]

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Fischer Defends Iron Quarter Agreement

by Gabe Bullard February 3, 2011

Earlier this week, Blue agreed to drop a lawsuit against the city in exchange for permission to destroy the buildings and help preserving or rebuilding the facades. Preservationists have criticized Fischer for not being transparent in his decision to make the deal, but Fischer dismisses those claims.

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Next Louisville: The Democratic Mayoral Primary, Part One

by Gabe Bullard May 11, 2010

by Gabe Bullard Of the eight Democrats running for mayor of Louisville, three of them either hold or have previously run for public office. They are: Metro Councilmen David Tandy and Jim King and businessman and former U.S. Senate candidate Greg Fischer. In the first of two reports on the Democratic mayoral primary, WFPL’s Gabe […]

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Fischer Releases Energy And Environmental Plan

by Gabe Bullard April 22, 2010

To mark Earth Day Thursday, Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer unveiled his energy and environmental services plan for Louisville if elected.

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Fischer And Heiner Pull Ahead In Latest Poll

by Gabe Bullard April 13, 2010

Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner have pulled ahead in their respective primaries in the Louisville mayor’s race, according to a new poll.

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Fischer Unveils Crime Prevention Plan

by Gabe Bullard April 13, 2010

The plan is essentially a list of general goals Fischer would like to accomplish if elected. He calls for a more diverse police force that can form better relationships with communities throughout the city, and a multi-departmental focus on youth and family services.

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Fischer Unveils Transparency Plan

by Gabe Bullard March 4, 2010

Democratic mayoral candidate Greg Fischer announced his plans for improving transparency in Metro Government Thursday.

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Thieneman Enters Mayor's Race

by Gabe Bullard September 8, 2009

Louisville developer Chris Thieneman has become the first Republican to announce his candidacy in the mayor’s race.

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