Community leaders urge River Fields to drop lawsuit so bridges project can move forward

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 13 at 1:57 PM

(WHAS11)  All new information about the Ohio River Bridges Project and plans for the future.
Humana’s co-founder, David Jones, and 100 top community leaders want River Fields to drop their lawsuit now, so the Ohio River Bridges Project can move forward; they met at the Galt House Wednesday morning.

The influential group included labor leaders, Metro councilmen, Democrats and Republicans.  Their main focus is challenging the environmental group, River Fields and co-plaintiff National Trust for Historic Preservation, which began a lawsuit in September 2009.

Since that time, the project has been at a standstill.

The large group of influential leaders argues that not building new bridges is causing gridlock on I-64, a bottleneck on the Kennedy Bridge and large amounts of pollution; plus, halting thousands of new construction jobs.   

“River Fields drop your lawsuit.  Drop it and drop it now,” said Larry Hujo who is a labor leader and JCPS board member.

With a $2 billion bond issue, leaders estimate that with a half percent interest added to the total cost, another $300 million could be tacked on to the Bridges Project, if the lawsuit is not dropped.

River Fields representatives were not available for comment for this story.
 

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