Officials Say Kennedy and Clark Bridges Can Handle Extra Weight

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges can handle the additional traffic load from the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Sherman Minton is closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The 80,000 cars that cross it daily are being rerouted to the two downtown bridges, which are already over capacity. (To see the… Continue reading Officials Say Kennedy and Clark Bridges Can Handle Extra Weight

ORBP Public Comments Being Accepted Online

The public comment period for the updated Ohio River Bridges Project continues until Friday, July 15. The public comment hearings last week drew many who voiced their opinions about the project, but the ORBP is still accepting comments online. You can access the comment form here: http://www.kyinbridges.com/contact-us/meetings.aspx

“Buildin’ Bridges With Benny Breeze” Posted Online

“What it boils down to is, you’re either for progress or against it. If you’re against it, get the **** out of this region.” That’s the closing line of “Buildin’ Bridges with Benny Breeze,” a movie meant to promote the Ohio River Bridges Project. The fictional Breeze character (played by local actor Chris Saunders) delivers… Continue reading “Buildin’ Bridges With Benny Breeze” Posted Online

Say No To Bridge Tolls Releases Video

Partially in response to a video made to promote the Ohio River Bridges Project, the group Say No to Bridge Tolls has released its own video. The six-and-a-half-minute piece celebrates the progress of anti-toll organizations so far and encourages area residents to continue opposing tolls. Say No to Bridge Tolls is among several groups that… Continue reading Say No To Bridge Tolls Releases Video

Pro-Bridges Movie Debuts, Stirs Controversy

Attendees of this morning’s premiere of the short movie Building Bridges with Benny Breeze were asked to sign an oath saying they would listen to all sides of the debate over the Ohio River Bridges Project and be respectful of anyone with differing opinions. At the end of the movie, the star—Chris Saunders playing Benny… Continue reading Pro-Bridges Movie Debuts, Stirs Controversy

Opponents of Tolls Welcome Changes to Bridges Project

If a plan put forward by the mayor of Louisville and the governors of Kentucky and Indiana becomes reality, the Ohio River Bridges Project will cost $1.2 billion less than previously expected. And critics of the project are celebrating that news. The proposal would cut two lanes from the east end bridge and change how… Continue reading Opponents of Tolls Welcome Changes to Bridges Project

Proposed Changes to Bridges Project Could Save $1.2 Billion

Proposed changes to the Ohio River Bridges Project would result in larger savings than previously expected. In January, Mayor Greg Fischer, Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels proposed several cuts to the project, including rebuilding Spaghetti Junction in place and making the east end bridge four lanes wide instead of six. It was… Continue reading Proposed Changes to Bridges Project Could Save $1.2 Billion

Jackson Says Kentuckians for Progress Supporters Come From Various Sides of Bridges Debate

The newest player in the conflict over the Ohio River Bridges Project is gaining support. Kentuckians for Progress began earlier this year to stop the conservation group River Fields from blocking the construction of a bridge in eastern Jefferson County. The group, like several others, wants the east end bridge and a downtown bridge built.… Continue reading Jackson Says Kentuckians for Progress Supporters Come From Various Sides of Bridges Debate

Update: Kentuckians for Progress Seeks to Join, Dismiss River Fields Suit Over Bridges Project

A recently-formed group that aims to move the Ohio River Bridges Project forward is seeking to join, then end a lawsuit between conservation group River Fields and the Federal Highway Administration. Kentuckians for Progress filed a request today to join a suit against the government brought by River Fields and the National Trust for Historic… Continue reading Update: Kentuckians for Progress Seeks to Join, Dismiss River Fields Suit Over Bridges Project

States To Finance Big Four Bridge Renovations

The Big Four Bridge has long been slated to be converted to a pedestrian span, but money to put a walkable surface on the bridge has not been available. Waterfront Development Corporation president David Karem says a portion of the funds will be available soon to start preparing the bridge for resurfacing.