Why Not Listen? (11-06-07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Why Not Listen? (11-06-07)

Louisville is famous for killing projects by studying them to death. But the Metro Council's decision to take a closer look at the 8664 proposal isn't a bad idea.

If ground-breaking was imminent for either of the two planned new bridges, then this would be a waste of time. But that's not the case.

I read one comment that said, "it would truly be a shame to slow down all the progress that's being made on getting the bridges built."


I'm seeing none. And we continue to hear that there really may not be enough money to pay for both bridges.

So why not spend some time learning more about a possible alternative that most of its detractors know little, if anything, about?

For instance, some people insist the 8664 backers are simply obstructionists who want to keep any bridges from being built. But in reality, the entire project depends upon that East End bridge to re-route 64.

Meanwhile, others are afraid the existing I-64 would completely disappear, instead of being replaced by a surface boulevard from Spaghetti Junction to around 22nd Street.

I'm not convinced 8664 is the plan we need. But as long as we're dragging our feet on the original plan, how can it hurt to explore all our options while we're waiting?

What do you think? Call and let us know.

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