Guest Editorial - River Fields (10/8/09)
As Mr. Lamb said in his October 1st Point of View, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But as a media outlet, he should be committed to facts.
While River Fields sought an injunction against the widening of the Harrods Creek Bridge, at no point did its actions result in the closing of the bridge. Rather than repairing the bridge's guardrails, Metro government closed the bridge last November 26th, months before construction could start.
The bridge could and should have remained open while the legal issues were addressed. If the bridge had been repaired, it could have been opened in a matter of days, and the inconvenience to commuters and harm to local businesses could have been avoided.
Metro Louisville claims the bridge is unsafe. But an independent structural engineer said the bridge is structurally sound. Because of River Fields' early work during the historic preservation process, the widened bridge will be an improvement over the original proposal and the arches and surrounding historic homes will be safe.
Our mission is to protect the river corridor. There were important precedents at stake that affect all the area's natural and cultural resources. River Fields and its co-plaintiffs were the only ones to hold our leaders accountable.
River Fields remains committed to its mission and fact-based decision making.
I'm Don Cox, and that's my...Point of View.