Ohio River Bridges Project Denied Federal Funding for a Second Time

The Ohio River Bridges Project has been denied federal funding for a second time. The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority applied for a $100 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to pay for the costs associated with issuing a loan for the estimated $2.9 billion project. But another local bridge did win […]

Feds Approve Revised Bridges Plan, New Public Comment Period Begins

Public meetings have been set on the revised Ohio River Bridges Project plan. Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Fischer and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana put forward a plan to scale back the project and cut the cost from $4.1 billion to $2.9 billion. That prompted an environmental review from the Federal Highway Administration. […]

Federal Judge Allows Kentuckians for Progress to Intervene in River Fields Lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that a group supporting the Ohio River Bridges Project can intervene in the lawsuit between the conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. In May, Kentuckians for Progress filed a request to join the suit against the federal government as co-defendants to challenge  River Fields and the National […]

River Fields Leaders Lash Out at Council, Civic Leaders

Leaders with the conservation group River Fields rebuffed a resolution introduced in the Louisville Metro Council that blames them for delays to the Ohio River Bridges Project. The non-binding measure cites the Sherman Minton Bridge closure as a reason to speed up construction of the $3.6 billion project. It also criticizes the conservancy group for […]

ORBP Rally, Ruling on Home Entry Case, Fischer Meets with Obama, Green Buildings: Afternoon Review

Prominent supporters of the Ohio Rive Bridges Project and members of the Louisville Metro Council held a rally today, supporting a resolution drafted Monday in reaction to the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, which was shut down September 9 after cracks were discovered in some load-bearing supports. They also blamed conservation group River Fields […]

Council Members, ORBP Supporters Rally for Infrastructure Resolution

Joined by high-profiled supporters of the Ohio River Bridges Projects, members of the Louisville Metro Council pointed the finger at the conservation group River Fields for blocking the city’s infrastructure needs. City lawmakers are rallying support for a resolution drafted Monday in reaction to the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, which was shut down […]

Fischer: Sherman Minton Bridge is Number One Federal Priority

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited Washington D.C. Monday to discuss the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge and was assured by a top official that it is the number one priority for the federal highway administration. The 50-year-old span was closed September 9 after cracks were discovered in some load-bearing supports. Engineers and highway inspectors […]

Resolution Urges Expedited Ohio River Bridges Project

Citing the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, leaders of the Louisville Metro Council Transportation and Public Works Committee have drafted a resolution calling for an expedited construction schedule for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Councilman Robin Engel, R-22, and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, who head the transportation committee, drafted the non-binding measure to […]

Public Comments Show Support For East End Bridge

Public comments from earlier this summer on the Ohio River Bridges Project say building the East End Bridge is a priority, according to documents obtained by the Courier-Journal through an open records request. Developments for the project have been stalled since 2003 due to lack of funding. A new proposal by bi-state authorities in January […]

Jones, Others Press River Fields To Drop Bridge Suit

The newly-formed group Kentuckians For Progress continues its public relations push to persuade the River Fields conservancy to drop is lawsuit that seeks to delay construction of an east end bridge. River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed the federal suit two years ago, claiming the Federal Highway Administration did not follow […]