12:16pm

Wed July 13, 2011
The Commonwealth

Group Presses for End to Bridge Suit

The newly-formed group "Kentuckians For Progress" continues its public relations push to persuade the River Fields conservancy to drop is lawsuit that seeks to delay construction of an east end bridge. River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation filed the federal suit two years ago, claiming the Federal Highway Administration did not follow federal law when it approved the Ohio River Bridges Project in 2003.

Today at the Galt House, members of Kentuckians For Progress, surrounded by about 100 business and civic leaders, held a press conference urging River Fields to drop the suit.

Among the speakers was construction business owner and union leader Larry Hujo, who called a suit a ruse by property owners in eastern Jefferson County to have the bridge built elsewhere.

“I’ve heard these same people that say, ‘if you build that bridge in the East End, you’re going to have a devastating impact on the river and its environs. Build it in Valley Station. Now, I’m not an environmentalist and a person who knows about plants and little animals and critters and stuff, but isn’t that the same river?” he said.

No one from River Fields was immediately available for comment. Its board chair has previously said the group is being scapegoated for the failure of the project’s planners to generate funding for it and the suit
is not preventing other elements of the project from moving forward.