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Even though the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed indefinitely last week, sending tens of thousands of commuters in search of new ways to work each morning, we did a pretty good job of avoiding a total meltdown. Local officials quickly responded with a sensible plan that maximized traffic flow and drivers in general stayed reasonably patient and didn't panic.
But now, we're down to just two bridges linking Indiana and Kentucky. Neither of those was built to modern standards.And yet we're still no closer to getting any new bridges built in my lifetime.
If anyone still needs a clear illustration of just why we need to get off the dime and start building that east end bridge, this is certainly it. When the human body reaches a point where too much blood is forced to flow through arteries that are clogged, it needs a bypass. And the same is true of a community.
We're dealing with this setback reasonably well right now. But straining the system to the breaking point is a fool's game.
I don't know if this latest development will be enough to finally shame the bridge obstructionists into stepping aside. But if it isn't, you can be sure they don't have the best interests of the community at heart.
Do you think this will finally result in getting a new bridge started? Call and let us know.