“There is such a thing as too big,” writes Steve Shaw about the Ohio River Bridges Project, “especially when you’re paying by the inch. And particularly when the product is ugly and obsolete, not to mention slow, noisy and hazardous to erect.”
Shaw’s cover story on the unwieldy, unpopular and uncompromising multi-billion dollar public works project in this week’s edition of LEO Weekly, “The Great Barrier,” couldn’t have come at a better time: The bi-state Bridges Authority is meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7th (tomorrow night!) at the Brown & Williamson Club in the University of Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It should be noted that this is the first time the Bridges Authority will be holding a meeting in the evening, e.g. after normal workaday people are actually able to attend, so a larger turnout is expected.
Here’s the itinerary:
1. Welcoming Remarks, Dr. Charles Moyer, Dean
University of Louisville College of Business
2. Call to Order/Roll Call
3. Approval of Minutes (September 2, 2010 meeting)
4. Executive Director’s Report
5. Unfinished Business
a. TIGER II Update
b. Federal Update
6. New Business
a. Advancing the Strategic Objectives
b. Project Work Plan Development
7. Upcoming Meetings and Information Sessions
UPDATE: Here’s a message from the Facebook group Say No To Bridge Tolls, which will be holding a rally against the project prior to the meeting.
This Thursday, October 7 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm is the first evening Meeting of the Bridges Authority, Say NO to Bridge Tolls is planning to have a massive number of toll opponents present at the meeting. We will show them the the public does not want tolls on our bridges.
The meeting doesn’t start until 6 pm, but we’ll be outside the Brown & Williamson Club, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 5pm for a press conference and a Rally with our Say NO to Tolls signs. Join us!
There won’t be cash prizes for the most creative signs, but who knows, you might get on TeeVee! Not to mention you’ll be playing a role in setting a new course for the most expensive infrastructure project in Louisville’s history. Join us!