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"Considering Louisville's Future" video


Originally posted on April 29, 2010:

Louisville is at a crossroads. The ORBP represents previous generation's inability to overcome powerful special interests. Now is the time for 8664, the right vision for future generations.  

Credits: Bob Hill, Gill Holland, Paul Coomes, Earl Jones and more.

ORBP land acquisition begins in earnest!

Since Governor Beshear approved the sale of $100 Million in GARVEE bonds, (Note: He's authorized to approve another $131 Million.) Kentucky appears to be moving forward with significant land acquisitions. Early reports were that nearly all of the planned purchases were in the east end, the exception being the Baer Fabrics building. However, the article in today's paper said that there's been $40 Million set aside for land acquisitions downtown.

We will keep you posted if there are any plans to raze the building. Louisville clearly needs to pay more attention to preserving our built environment. Look no further than D&W Silks to see what happens when we don't actively promote historic preservation.

This from the Bridges Project's press release:

"This week, we're contacting all residential property owners in Kentucky, plus the owners of some major parcels in downtown Louisville," according to Gary Valentine, project manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). "We want to buy as much property as we can in the coming months."

"We've gotten a head start on right-of-way acquisition by purchasing about one-third of the East End parcels that require relocation," said Valentine. "We also made a strategic decision to buy the Baer Fabrics building when the company went out of business. Now we're moving forward with the rest of our right-of-way plans in Kentucky. For the residential owners, the next step is to have their properties appraised then we'll make offers. In the downtown area, we'll move forward on some major parcels."

Email KIPDA to protect Cherokee Park!


Louisville's Metropolitan Planning Organization (KIPDA) is accepting public comment on the region's Horizon 2030 Transportation Plan through next Tuesday, Spetember 29th.

KIPDA project ID# 389 is a project sponsored by the Kentucky Transporation Cabinet that would make "I-64 corridor improvements" by "the addition of one travel lane in each direction between I-71 and I-264.

Now is the time for you to voice your opinion on this road expansion.

Email KIPDA today!

You can read the C-J's story or get some clarity over at the newly redesigned Brokensidewalk.

Welcome to Louisville Video (Part I)


Entering downtown from the East End

The State's "8664" traffic study incorrectly terminated all off ramps from Spaghetti Junction at Clay Street. This video shows how I-364 (today's I-64) would flow seamlessly through a simplified SJ to Waterfront Parkway. 

The video continues west along the Parkway to Roy Wilkins Boulevard (9th Street), which will become a significant central, unifying street. In the near future, we will release other videos showing different perspectives of Louisville's future.

Bigger SJ = tolls & widen I-64 thru Cherokee Park

Half the cost of the Bridges Project (or $2 Billion) has nothing to do with a bridge. The proposed 23 lane wide Spaghetti Junction will make downtown a construction hell for 20 years. And you get to pay for it. $4, $5 or maybe even a $6 toll every time you want to cross the river. This project was supposed to improve "cross-river mobility."

(c) 2006 ORBP Rendering

The Transportation Cabinet denies they plan to widen I-71 and I-64 through the Cherokee Park, but it's in their traffic modeling. They wouldn't widen these interstates in their model if they didn't plan on actually widening them.

Build the East End Bridge without tolls

According to the Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS"), the East End Bridge performs better than a Downtown Bridge by more than 10,000 vehicles a day. And in the KYTC's "8664" traffic study, the "System Wide Performance" of a single-bridge solution matched the ORBP's two bridge solution. So we can actually spend less and get more if we build the East End Bridge, which we can do without tolls.

Contact your state representatives!

Letter to the Editor


Response to the "8664" Study

On December 16th the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released an  "8664" Traffic study. Two days later, a Courier-Journal editorial celebrated our defeat. For those who oppose the East End Bridge, it made for great reading. Now we would like to respond with the facts.

The "8664" Study

Simply put, KYTC didn't study our alternative. We don't widen I-64 through Cherokee Park or terminate current day I-64 at Clay Street. There are other inaccuracies, but these two modeling "mistakes" serve to simultaneously increase traffic flow into downtown and restrict it once it gets there. On January 5th, Transportation Secretary Prather acknowledged these mistakes.

"8664" Study response

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Read our Letter to Secretary Joe Prather in response to the "8664" study.

Two important points:

  1. A one-bridge solution performs as well as the ORBP. According to their own study, 8664's "System-wide Performance" was 99% as good as the $4.1 Billion ORBP. See "System Wide Measures" on page 8 of the KYTC 8664 study.

  2. KYTC plans to widen I-71 and I-64 through Cherokee Park. In their "8664" study, the Tranportation Cabinet assumes that these interstates get wider, but they flatly deny that they plan to widen them. They can't have it both ways. They can't assume they'll be wider when modeling, and deny they plan to widen them. Contact your state representative today.

Courier-Journal's misleading coverage


Today's article Study critical of 8664 proposal lacks a lot of things. Journalistic integrity among them. The study released yesterday by 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. 

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. 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.

KYTC Fails to Study 8664


A $60,000 PR hit job by KYTC

Today we received a copy of what is supposed to be a study of the 8664 alternative by KYTC's consultant. If they had wanted to make a good faith attempt of assessing our plan, they would have contacted us to clarify the specifics of our alternative and/or accepted our offer to provide a transportation engineer to oversee the study.

Instead they misrepresented our alternative by asserting:

  • I-64 will be widened to six lanes through Cherokee Park
    (second to last bullet point on page 2)
  • I-71 would also be widened to six lanes
  • I-64 and I-71 terminate at Clay Street
  • Waterfront Boulevard would divide the Great Lawn
  • we don't address Kennedy Bridge rehabilitation

All of the above are incorrect, and therefore KYTC's analysis is NOT a 8664 Study. In fact, if you wanted the 8664 alternative to fail, you would do exactly what they have attempted to do -- force more interstate and limited access traffic into Spaghetti Junction and change where the I-64 ramp enters downtown.

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