Louisville Mag pooh-poohs bridges

In the current issue of Louisville Magazine, Editor Bruce Allar questions the nonsensical, $4.1 billion Ohio River Bridges Project, which will destroy any chance this city has of becoming Nashville North and/or attracting the coveted MacBook-and-latte set.

Here’s a choice excerpt from Allar’s column, which links the massive project to our country’s lust for oil:

How much, I wonder, should we sacrifice in our quest for easier, faster and, one would assume, more automobile and truck traffic through our city? It’s not just the (gulp) $4.1 billion. Or the possibility that we may be forced to extract tolls from drivers on already existing bridges, as well as the new ones, to have a chance to pay for the work.

My question goes beyond the disruptions to commuters, residents and businesses in the path of construction — even beyond what all of this concrete and steel will do to the “livability” quotient of our small town, big city.

It’s even more basic: If we build it, will they come? The Ohio River Bridges Project currently projects a completion date for all work of 2024. Has anyone asked how people and products will be transported in 14 years? Will we still be sucking oil from hard-to-reach deposits and filling a tank for nearly everyone who qualifies for a driver’s license? Will there be a clean-energy solution that keeps as many cars on the road? And if we manage to preserve our one-person-per-car culture with battery- or otherwise-powered vehicles, what about all of the trucks that haul through our town on east-west and north-south interstates and contribute mightily to the congestion?

Allar is correct when it comes to anticipating new modes of transportation: Louisville is (albeit tentatively) named as part of a Midwestern high-speed rail corridor — as envisioned by President Obama’s Transportation Department — the likes of which would drastically reduce the number of cars on Louisville roads within a few decades. Assuming that happens.

I essentially asked this same question of Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels at the first meeting of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Authority. After placing their cupped-hands over the microphone and exchanging whispers, Beshear responded by saying that the plan calls for two bridges, and that they are committed to building what the plan says, so go fuck yourself if you think otherwise about a process that’s been rigged to shut out alternative ideas from the very get-go.

Regardless, now that Louisville Magazine has joined The New Albany News and Tribune, LEO Weekly and other local news organs in speaking out against/being critical of/not blindly following the ORBP, that leaves The Courier-Journal as the loudest (and sole) media drum-banger for this tone-deaf waste of Kentuckiana taxpayers’ money, which would be sadder were it not wholly unsurprising.


  1. Kelly
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    What part of Peak Oil and Climate Change don’t these asswipes understand? At what point do they not realize that the public does not want this piece of shit project? There seems to be a growing movement of people my age who are vowing to leave Louisville and never return should this awful project ever get started.

    I don’t have any say on Daniels but Mayor Jerry and Gov. Dufus can go fuck themselves and I’ll be sure to not vote for these jackasses and any other Kentucky politician who supports this crap.

    As for the CJ, I quit reading that rag long ago and now I know why, their blind support for this wasteful and ignorant project.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I can’t stand it anymore, make it all stop.

  2. Ed Springston
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Tis bridges project is a boondoggle of epic proportions for us. They cannot even figure out how to paint abridge within budget and on time how will they figure tihs one out?

    They won’t. Unless they build the East end bridge first, followed by the Southwest Bridge, we will be no closer to figuring out anything. Yuo want two bridges there you go.

    Total cost of both? Less than $500 million.

    All with no tolls and will address our highway needs allowing us to focus more on light rail etc for future expansion.

  3. James
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    As a dyed in the wool Democrat, I say this is why Hiner will be the next Mayor and why a Republican will be our next governor. Abramson will not be serving again (as Lt Gov) since he has done enough damage.

  4. Steve Magruder
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I have referenced this post in a new topic on LouHI: “The Courier-Journal, Cornered Like a Rat — and other recent observations about the Bridges Project (OR-BoP Swindle)”


    I offer up what I think are some interesting recent observations (not all coming from me) about the Bridges Project.

  5. Zach
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Bruce Allar’s complete article is now online at


  6. stu noland
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    By Mac Book and Latte set I believe you are referring to the ability of Louisvlle to attract and retain educated and creative workers. If the current design of the downtown OBRP is built Louisville will repel the type of workers most needed to compete in the 21st century. Louisville does need to take advantage of its geographic location with a strong logistics industry but not at the expense of having a diverse economy. If Louisville makes the biggest urban planning mistake of the 21st century, the current design of the downtown ORBP, we will have a UPS hub, a few manufacturing companies and little else. The current design of the downtown ORBP will destroy Louisville’s ability to compete in the 21st century and beyond.

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