6:22am

Mon May 30, 2011
The Commonwealth

New Player Enters Bridges Debate

The newest player in the conflict over the Ohio River Bridges Project is gaining support. Kentuckians for Progress began earlier this year to stop the conservation group River Fields from blocking the construction of a bridge in eastern Jefferson County. The group, like several others, wants the east end bridge and a downtown bridge built. Other groups want only an eastern span or a staggered construction that begins with the east end bridge.

Kentuckians for Progress president and former Jefferson County Judge-Executive Rebecca Jackson says KFP’s donors and supporters come from various sides of the debate.

“We have some people who are very interested in making sure the east end bridge gets built and the suit gets dropped so it can get built. We had some people giving to us, and when we made ourselves known, we started getting some funds in through the website,” she says.

The suit KFP is fighting was filed by River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It argues that the federal government did not properly justify the need for an east end bridge. KFP has filed to join the suit, which is stalled as new environmental impact studies are prepared on the bridges project. River Fields says the necessity of the east end bridge can be discussed in the requisite public forums during the environmental review.