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River Road Plan To Be Unveiled

A public meeting will be held Monday evening to unveil a draft master plan on future uses and protections for the River Road corridor.

Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says it focuses on a seven-mile stretch of River Road between Zorn Avenue and U.S. 42.

“This is the only state-designated scenic byway in louisville. so it’s very important, we thought, to examine the scenic, the historic, the recreational, the cultural values of that area, determine ways we can improve and enhance them and also protect them for future generations,” he said.

The meeting is from 5:00 to 7:00pm Monday at Westport Middle School.

The draft plan can be viewed here.

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Officials: Harrods Creek Bridge Project To Resume

The Louisville mayor’s office says the project to widen the Harrods Creek Bridge on River Road will resume soon.

Mayor’s spokesperson Kerri Richardson says the conservation group River Fields is dropping its legal challenges to the construction.

“From what we can tell the proper paperwork has not yet been filed in federal court, but we understand River Fields has decided to abandon their two federal lawsuits that have logjammed construction of the Harrods Creek Bridge and as soon as that paperwork is filed we hope to be back working on that project,” Richardson said.

The one-lane bridge in eastern Jefferson County was shut down by Louisville Metro Government last November after a state highway engineer deemed it unsafe for traffic.

River Field has been opposed to widening the bridge. A federal appeals court recently denied the group’s request for an injunction to stop the construction work, which began in June.

Richardson says its not clear when the project will be completed, but it probably won’t meet its original mid-December deadline.

The attorney for River Fields was not immediately available for comment late Monday.

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Online Survey Seeks Input on River Road

There’s a new online survey on the Louisville Metro Government website seeking public input on how to best improve River Road. The city is months into a Corridor Management Plan study, which has already included public meetings.

Chris Poynter with the Mayor’s Office says the online survey is just another way to get input from the public.

“River Road is a very heavily-trafficked bicycle corridor, as you know it’s Louisville’s only Scenic Byway, so it’s very beautiful,” says Poynter, “and we want to put together a plan that not only improves the road for vehicles, but also for cyclists.”

Poynter says the survey will be up for about a month. He says planners hope to complete the study this fall and have results to present to the public not long after that.

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City Seeking Input On River Road Improvements

Louisville Metro Government will host a public forum Tuesday night to discuss improvements to parts of River Road.

Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter to says the city would like to add bike and pedestrian trails and create the River Road Scenic Bypass between Zorn Avenue and Highway 42.

“Our plan has always been, from the beginning, for the City of Parks initiative and the 100 mile Louisville Loop that will eventually circle the city, that 100 mile loop will in some way include the River Road corridor,” he says.

The city is working with the City of Glenview, conservation group River Fields and architectural, historic and engineering consultants on the project. A study on the planned improvements to River Road is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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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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River Road Bridge Over Harrods Creek Closed Indefinitely

A one-lane bridge along River Road in eastern Jefferson County has been closed indefiinitely after a state engineer deemed it unsafe for travel.

A letter to Louisville Metro Government by state engineer Matt Bullock says the condition of the bridge, which crosses Harrods Creek, has deteriorated since it was last inspected in March.

Bullock says he doesn’t believe the bridge’s side railing or part of its guardrail system could “deflect an errant vehicle.”

Motorists are being advised to use Wolf Pen Branch Road or Lime Kiln Lane as alternate route.

The nearly century old bridge has been the focus of a legal battle between the conservation group River Fields and Metro Government over a city plan to widen it to two lanes.

A statment from the mayor’s office says Public Works officials are exploring repair options.