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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."
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.
In a unanimous vote that parallels Louisvillians views on tolling existing interstates to pay for the bloated Ohio River Bridges Project, Metro Council's Transportation and Public Works Committee took a stand and injected some reason and commonsense into the Bridges Project. Well done!
Read about it here.
So will the unelected Bridges Authority ignore our pleas for reason? Let's hope so.
What do the Mayoral Candidates have to say? It came up in yesterday's debate. While some people want to wait for the Bridges Authority to tell us what we can afford, it's worth mentioning that the Arena is already suffering from financial shortfalls due to poor forecasting. The arena opens next month.
Seriously, whether you love or hate LEO Weekly, we all should be glad it gives a voice to so many people who don't seem to be represented in other local media outlets. Our paper, for example.
Please take a minute to read today's Jerry's Kids. From today's LEO:
"When asked if the Democrat's "plan B" remark indicates his support for the project is waning, Fischer campaign spokesman Chris Poynter responded via e-mail: "Greg supports the entire bridges project -- both bridges." The entire project entails building an East End bridge, a downtown bridge and re-configuring Spaghetti Junction.
In a recent poll by cn|2 Politics, however, more than 50 percent of Louisville voters said they support building only an East End bridge more than any other combination of the project. And some Fischer supporters believe the bridges project is becoming their candidate's glaring weakness."
Here is today's Bridges Authority to look at 8664 Press Release (PDF).
Per the release:
"At last Thursday's Bridges Authority meeting, Authority Secretary Sandra Frazier of Tandem Public Relations announced that the Bridges Authority would be discussing the 8664 alternative and a bridge project in St. Louis that was scaled down to avoid tolls at their next meeting. Clearly there are new reasons for reconsidering the $4.1 Billion Ohio River Bridges Project.
"With last week's poll showing only 15% of Louisvillians support building two bridges, coupled with the overwhelmingly negative reaction to tolling Spaghetti Junction, it's clearly time to look for better options" said JC Stites, 8664 Co-Founder. According to Insight Communications' recent poll, while only 14.5% supports building both bridges, a combined total of 64.6% support building the East End Bridge."
This is exciting news for anyone who wants to see Louisville progress and find a more reasonable approach to solving our transportation needs. We have contacted the author of our Feasibility Study (Walter Kulash) and hope to have him here for the next meeting on October 7th.
Cynics have suggested that this politically-appointed board could have an ulterior motive, bringing up 8664 just to trash the idea. After all, the Authority's website says it "is not charged with changing the project's scope".
But we are going assume the best to go to the meeting with the full intention of presenting the case for a less expensive, more sustainable plan.
We would welcome your input. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.