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Concerns linger in Prospect after completion of Lewis and Clark Bridge

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PROSPECT, Ky. (WDRB) – Some homeowners along the Ohio River are not fully satisfied with the outcome of the Lewis and Clark Bridge and tunnel.

In Prospect, some people living in neighborhoods off River Road and U.S. 42 are concerned that the bridge project was not finished the way it was promised to them.

Many said the trees removed from their property were not replaced, and others said the safety wall put up did not look like it was supposed to.

The wall on one homeowner’s property stopped in the middle of the yard.

“They didn’t take it all the way across their yard,” Prospect Mayor John Evans said. “They took it about three-fourths of the way and then stopped. And I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Mayor Evans has been working with Indiana Department of Transportation officials to fix some of the problems through the construction process.

“I said look, 'Prospect didn’t ask for all this. And we’ve been putting up with a lot. And I think you owe us a little piece of wall,'" he said. "And I don’t know what turned the tide, but they came back and extended the wall, which they had told us couldn’t be done.”

When asked if INDOT had done enough to take care of the citizens of Prospect during construction, Evans said, “No, I don’t think so.”

“Given what they’ve done, a tree here or there, eight feet of fence here or there, I mean, that’s nickel and dime stuff," Evans said. "That can get taken care of. I’m sure it can.”

Mayor Evans said WALSH engineers have always been responsive and helpful when given approval by INDOT for the safety wall corrections.

He will be meeting with engineers again on Jan. 3 to discuss concerns with the chain link fence.

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