If you read today's Letter to the Editor, you learned that James Welch, Jr., the past President of River Fields (the organization who has fought construction of the East End Bridge) and current Chairman of the Downtown Development Corporation says he now supports the "entire" bridges project.
In River Fields' 1994 Press Release to push for the Downtown Bridge, Mr. Welch was adamently opposed to the East End Bridge:
"Improving access to a small portion of the community [by building an East End Bridge] while access across the overall region continues to suffer is absurd and hurts more citizens than it helps."
Note: According to the Environmental Impact Statement, the East End Bridge provides better access across the overall region.
As Chairman of the Build the Bridges Coalition finance committee, Mr. Welch has been an advocate for using tolls to pay for the "entire" Bridges Project.
In unrelated news, River Fields appears pleased that tolls might be used to build the Bridges Project. Their attorney had this to say:
"We look forward to participating in the review that will be necessary to comply with environmental laws if tolls are chosen as part of this financial plan."