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.

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The first thing Yarmuth said the night BEFORE the election he was for another bridge. after he was elected THE FIRST THING THAT AM HE WAS AGAINST THE NEW BRIDGE..Either he cannot tell the truth of where he stands. How many Lies has he told to us?

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