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Yarmuth wrong about EE Bridge support

In last Friday's Louisville Forum debate with past Congresswoman Anne Northup, Congressman Yarmuth said:

 "The East End Bridge was a political compromise to allow us to build the downtown bridge and she (Northup) is now taking Indiana's position."  

Who does he mean when he says "allows us"? He's not speaking for the people of Kentucky.

Historically, the East End Bridge has been part of this region's long-term transportation plan since 1969. It was reaffirmed in two subsequent plans in 1987 and 1993.

In terms of public opinion, support for the East End Bridge has also been consistent. In 1993, the Courier-Journal conducted a Bluegrass Poll that found that in Jefferson, Floyd and Clark County, 78% support an East End Bridge. Not surprisingly, the C-J hasn't polled the question since. Wave 3's poll in late 1994 found that 75% preferred the East End Bridge. In January of 2008, we polled 500 registered voters in Jefferson County and found that people favor the East End Bridge by more than a 2-to-1 margin.

So while Congressman Yarmuth is correct that Anne Northup now supports building the East End Bridge and then evaluating our traffic needs, he's ABSOLUTELY WRONG about it being "Indiana's position" to build the East End Bridge. This entire region supports building the East End Bridge.

Email Congressman Yarmuth and tell him you support the East End Bridge.

A Destructive Strategy

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River Fields push for the Downtown Bridge began in 1994

In 1994, as momentum for the East End Bridge was building, River Fields issued a press release unveiling their plan to fix Spaghetti Junction by building a Downtown Bridge. In the release, River Fields Board President James S. Welch Jr. asserted that the new design would "minimize impacts on downtown Jeffersonville and Louisville" and enhance Waterfront Park by "providing additional parking areas under the ramps." Seriously, it says that. Read  the Press Release.pdf.

Now we know the plan will widen Spaghetti Junction by 23 lanes and widen I-64 over the Great Lawn by 50%. In addition to being bad for downtown, it's also a $2.6 Billion drag on the Bridges Project which has delayed the East End Bridge for more than a decade.

Since 2006, the ORBP has received over $411 Million in funding allocations through 2010 from Frankfort. That amount is roughly half of Kentucky's cost for the East End Bridge. We must begin construction on the East End Bridge by making it the funding priority.

Louisville makes CNU's Top 10 List

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU.org), a Chicago-based organization that promotes urban livability picked Louisville's I-64 in its national list of Top Teardown Prospects. The "Freeways without Futures" list recognizes Louisville as having one of the greatest opportunities to stimulate valuable revitalization by replacing the highways with a boulevard. Read Freeways without Futures.

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