Project meant to bring Kentuckiana together seems to be dividing it more than ever


by Melanie Kahn

Posted on April 10, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 11 at 8:40 PM

(WHAS11)  A new debate is brewing over how to pay for the Ohio River bridge project.

The latest idea is to add tolls, and you would be paying them.

Right now, you can drive over all of the bridges without paying a toll.

There is a proposal to change that in order to fund the project, by requiring everyone to pay to cross the bridges.
And some are not happy about it.

Dan Borsch, a small business owner said, “The more I learned about it, the more concerned I became;” which is why Borsch has been working to oppose the Ohio River bridges project.

And now, he isn’t alone.

Between the Facebook pages and online petitions, hundreds of people have shown their opposition to the project, especially to putting tolls on the bridges that connect Kentucky and Indiana.

Borsch said, “We put our information out there and what we were concerned about, and suddenly we realized there were a lot of other people who felt the same way.  It’s been amazing how quickly people have joined up.”

But according to David Nicklies, chairman of the bridges coalition, there are just as many people supporting the project.

“We’ve heard an outpouring of support for the project.  All of the major corporations in Louisville, and future employers, are supporting the Ohio River bridges project.  We need to get the infrastructure built so they can expand and attract more jobs to Louisville.”

Nicklies said the project will create 56,000 jobs, just during the construction phase.  And believes that in the long term, the project will help the local economy; not to mention ease traffic on I-65.

“It is time that the community grows and gets these bridges built so we can attract more jobs to Louisville.”

And while everyone agrees something needs to be done, the solution is far from clear.

And a project meant to bring Kentuckiana together seems to be dividing it more than ever.