Today's articleÂ Study critical of 8664 proposalÂ lacks a lot of things. Journalistic integrity among them. The study released yesterdayÂ byÂ KYTC is unquestionably flawed. KYTC widened I-64 and I-71 into downtown. That's not in our plan. KYTC denies it's even in their plan.Â
Only the very last paragraph of the article speaks to this:
"But there are no plans to widen that stretch of interstate, according to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet chief of staff Mike Hancock. "That is not back on the table," he said."
They can't have it both ways.Â They can't say it's not going to happen, but then include it in the 8664 study. Check that. They can have it both ways in the Courier if Marcus Green covers it.
Note to reporter: Next time ask KYTC, "Why did you assume something for the 8664 study that isn't going to happen?" The answer might be important to the story.
Read today'sÂ 8664 press release.
Another questionable aspect of the coverage is the history of the study. On August 25th, we announced that KYTC completed 93% of a 8664 traffic study before canceling it in March. The Courier's article on the following day began:
"After abruptly stopping a traffic analysis of an alternative to the Ohio River Bridges Project earlier this year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said yesterday it plans to finish studying a proposal calling for two new bridges."
According to the articleÂ which is no longer on the CJ website, the consultant performing the study confirmed that they study a two-bridge solution, NOT 8664. So why do we now receive a study on a one-bridge solution? Again, a reasonable question for a reporter to ask.
FACTOID: 32,000 trucks drive through downtown everyday.