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Harrods Creek Bridge Work Still At A Halt

The Harrods Creek Bridge construction site in eastern Jefferson County remains idle this week after a federal judge ordered that renovation work on the one-lane span be halted.

The environmental group River Fields has filed two lawsuits in an attempt to prevent Louisville Metro Government from widening the nearly century-old bridge to two lanes.

The city went ahead with some work on the project in late June before a judge ordered construction halted last week.

Kerri Richardson with the mayor’s office says she’s not sure what will happen next.

“It is a temporary restraining order. Unfortunately, a temporary restraining order doesn’t come with an expiration date. it could be two days, it could be two weeks, it could be longer than that. It’s up to the judge’s discretion for him to take the time for him to review all aspects of the case and make a change as he sees fit,” Richardson said.

River Fields Don Cox says he’s hopeful the two sides can hold discussions toward settling their dispute.

The bridge has been closed to automobile traffic since a state engineer declared it unsafe late last year.

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River Fields Files Second Lawsuit Over Harrods Creek Bridge

A second lawsuit has been filed by the River Fields conservation group over the closing of the Harrods Creek Bridge.

The group has already sued to stop the city from rebuilding and widening the one lane span. Now it has filed a second suit, claiming the Coast Guard did not properly review the city’s plans for the project.

The bridge was deemed unsafe by the state and closed last year. River Fields’ Attorney Don Cox says the group has done its own study on the bridge and says the construction project is unnecessary.

“Our engineer has indicated the bridge is as sound today as it was the day it was built. Some work needs to be done on the railings to bring them up to snuff and the bridge itself needs to be repaved,” he says.

The city has already awarded a $2.3 million contract to rebuild and widen the bridge. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office says the project will continue.

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River Fields Responds To City Plans For Harrods Creek Bridge

An attorney for River Fields says he’s optimistic that a ruling will come soon in the conservation group’s lawsuit against Louisville Metro Government over the planned expansion of the Harrods Creek bridge in eastern Jefferson County.

City officials announced Tuesday that they’ll move ahead with plans to widen the one-lane bridge to two lanes, despite the pending federal suit.

River Fields attorney Don Cox says the group is not opposed to improving the bridge, only the scale of the plan.

“We’re not trying to stop the project, we’re trying to get them to agree to build a quicker,
cheaper alternative that will maintain the character of the area, and that is a one-lane bridge,” Cox said.

Cox says there are no plans to seek an injunction to stop the expansion work, since a ruling in the case could come relatively soon.

The century old bridge on River Road has been closed since late November, when it was declared unsafe for traffic.

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City Plans To Widen Harrods Creek Bridge

A single-lane bridge in eastern Jefferson County is set to be widened. But a legal dispute could stop the project.

The bridge over Harrods Creek on River Road has been closed since November. The city planned to add new guardrails to the project, but now officials have decided to go ahead with plans to rebuild and widen the bridge.

The project is slated to begin in March, even though the River Fields conservation group has filed a lawsuit to retain the century old bridge as a one-lane span.

Mayor’s office spokesperson Chris Poynter says the city doesn’t believe the lawsuit is valid. But if an injunction is issued, the bridge could re-open anyway.

“We do then have a plan to go to the state and put guardrails on the bridge so we can get it open temporarily until that matter is disputed,” he says. “But right now there is no injunction, it’s simply a lawsuit.”

Poynter says the project will cost about $2 million and will be paid for mostly with federal funds.

Attorney Don Cox, who represents River Fields, says he expects the federal lawsuit could
be decided before there’s a need for his client to seek an injunction.