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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.

Silky smooth Spaghetti Junction animation

Now that it's been decided that Spaghetti Junction is staying in its current footprint, it needs to be reworked to work. The biggest problems with SJ -- other than our not having an East End Bridge -- are going south to east (one lane ramp off the Kennedy Bridge) and west to north (the I-64/I-71 weave). These are design flaws which 8664 would correct.

A few years ago we created an animation to show people how traffic could flow if we made the junction less complicated. View the SJ animation and use the black button in the lower right-hand corner.

WHAS coverage of reducing ORBP's scale

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8664 Release: Traffic Declining Since 2003 ROD

Read yesterday's 8664 Highlights Declining Traffic Volumes press release:

"The day before the Bridges Authority votes to toll the region's interstate bridges to pay for the $4.1 Billion Ohio River Bridges Project, 8664 highlights interstate traffic trends. Traffic counts for Kentucky's interstates are reported by The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, so 8664 compiled a snapshot of interstate traffic volumes since the Record of Decision was signed in 2003. Declining traffic volumes on all three interstates (I-65/I-64/I-71) in close proximity to the Kennedy Bridge and Spaghetti Junction begs many questions. For example:

  • Why would we toll our bridges to expand Spaghetti Junction's capacity when demand is not increasing?
  • Why would we build a project based on gas prices of $1.50/gallon, when it's actually doubled in just seven years?
  • Why won't the Bridges Authority embrace public opinion and work to "divide and phase" the project?

"The pro-Bridges folks will try to say the decline is due to the bad economy, but it clearly has more to do with the price of gas." said JC Stites, 8664 Co-Founder. He went on to say, "Spaghetti Junction is not too small, it just has a couple design flaws that could be addressed quickly and cost effectively after an East End Bridge is build."

LEO Weekly: "The Great Barrier"

Steve Shaw is back at it with another installment of insightful and thorough ORBP observations. The article's sub-title, "Neighborhood leaders, preservationists decry Ohio River Bridges Project as an object of obstruction, not innovation" says a lot, but you must read The Great Barrier for yourself.

You may recall last year's acclaimed article, Burned Bridges.

New Albany passes anti-tolling resolution

Nice work New Albany City Council! They passed a resolution opposing tolls on the ORBP and other SI communities should do the same.

Read about it on LEO and NA Confidential.

CN2 Poll: 14.5% support the ORBP


The Courier-Journal has not done a poll on bridge alternatives since 1996. Luckily, CN2 polled the issue and the results are dramatic.

According to a newly released poll, only 14.5% of Louisvillians support building two bridges. Here's a look at the results:


View the entire poll (PDF). 








Check out CN2's Mayoral Candidate videos to see how they responded to the poll. 

Please note, Spaghetti Junction is NOT the "11th worst bottleneck in the country." It's not even in the Top 100 bottlenecks!

Imagine how the project will poll when they ask about tolling Spaghetti Junction. It might just be time for a scaled down approach.

Louisville Mag on Bridges

Louisville Magazine Editor Bruce Allar compares BP and the Bridges:

"I don't know about you, but I think I'd place my future infrastructure investment bets with a whiz like Buffett before laying them down with the 1990s thinking that produced our current interstate highway plan calling for two bridges and a rebuilt Spaghetti Junction."

Then Jonathan Meador with LEO followed suit with an excellent piece, Louisville Mag pooh-poohs Bridges. It ends... 

"Regardless, now that Louisville Magazine has joined The New Albany News and Tribune, LEO Weekly and other local news organs in speaking out against/being critical of/not blindly following the ORBP, that leaves The Courier-Journal as the loudest (and sole) media drum-banger for this tone-deaf waste of Kentuckiana taxpayers' money, which would be sadder were it not wholly unsurprising."

... but you should just click the link and read the whole thing.

LEO Weekly: Bridge to Division

In this week's LEO, writer Steve Shaw covers the state of the ORBP's financing options. Attending last week's Bridges Authority meeting, he updates readers on the Bridges Project boondoggle:

"Last Thursday, the Ohio River Bridges Project Bi-State Authority heard impassioned pleas to finance and build the East End bridge first; downsize the demolition and expansion of Spaghetti Junction; not to toll existing bridges; not to toll any bridges; not to build a downtown bridge; and to scrap the project in favor of public transit."

Read the article on LEOWeekly

The end of the article also provided a curious quote from Candidate Greg Fischer:

"There's a lot of people that are excited about something that may not occur."

We'll try to seek clarification on that comment.

Delisting the $260 Million Drumanard Estate

One week after LEO's article about Louisville's most expensive house - the $260 Million Drumanard Estate - a group of local activists called Say No to Bridge Tolls filed a request with the Kentucky Heritage Council to have the house removed from the National Register of Historic Places. We can think of about 260 Million reasons this is a good idea. You can read all about it in today's Courier article, and you won't want to miss the comments to get some of the local flavor.

For those of you who haven't been following the ORBP boondoggle; a nice old house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places 20 years ago in an effort by wealthy land owners to prevent the much needed East End Bridge from going through their estates. Because of it's "historic" designation, Kentucky was going to spend an extra $260 Million to tunnel under the property. Clearly ridiculous.

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