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In President Eisenhower's 1950s national interstate highway program, three Ohio River bridges were planned for Louisville.
Two, the Sherman Minton and the Kennedy, were built, opening in the early 1960s.
The third, our eastern bridge, planned 52 years ago in 1959, has not yet begun.
Now, the Sherman Minton is closed and our community is in chaos.
Our first priority must be the repair and reopening of the Sherman Minton, but we don't know when that will happen.
Our originally planned six-lane eastern bridge, delayed for decades by a small but well-financed local group, is shovel-ready now. It must be begun now and completed promptly. And we don't need a $250 million tunnel to save a $2 million house!
We know it can be done, because Minneapolis recently replaced its collapsed Interstate highway 35W bridge in just 13 months.
Our elected leaders have the opportunity and the obligation to bring the urgency that propelled Minneapolis' remarkable feat. They must build now our 52-year delayed eastern bridge, and reopen the Sherman Minton as soon as possible.
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