Historical Highway Hang-up (9/9/08)
There's a home here in Louisville that's been placed on the national historical register even though no presidents have slept there, no one famous grew up there, and its architecture, while appealing, is not unique.
Unfortunately, it sits smack in the way of the extension of I-265, where it'll connect with the proposed east end bridge - which will be used millions of times a year and open up economic opportunities for both Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
Now, it's a beautiful home, and it would be nice if we could preserve it, but not at all cost - and that's the key here. Because of its federally-protected status, it appears that "all cost" is pretty much what we're going to wind up paying for this road before it's all over.
Tunneling underneath the property would cost about 130 million dollars, so we're now looking into alternate routes around it. But really, the most sensible - and affordable -- thing would be to purchase the house at fair market value, tear it down, and create the simplest route from point A to point B.
Don't get me wrong - I'm all for historical preservation. But in this case, the definition of "historical" is not only way too broad but presents far more of a handicap to progress than any state should be forced to bear.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.