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New commercial takes aim at River Fields

by Joe Arnold


Posted on June 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 12 at 10:09 PM

A group pushing for River Fields to drop its lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration is launching a new television commercial.

"The Ohio River Bridges Project is under attack by River Fields," says former Jefferson County Judge Executive Rebecca Jackson in the ad.  Jackson is seen with the Kennedy Bridge as a backdrop.

Jackson, a part of  "Kentuckians For Progress," calls River Fields "environmental extremists."

"This small group of elitists latest lawsuit could put the project on hold for years," Jackson says in the ad, "Our community cannot afford to let a handful of people selfishly stop progress."

River Fields has said that delays to the project are because of recent changes proposed to make it more affordable and that there is not enough funding for the bridges in the first place.

Asked recently if has asked his political supporters from River Fields to drop the lawsuit, Mayor Greg Fischer said he has not intervened.  Click here to see the WHAS11 story.

On May 12, Kentuckians for Progress filed a motion in United States District Court to intervene in River Fields’ lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration.  The group, which includes business and labor leaders, says it intervened so those who support the Project and are directly impacted by its delay will have representation in the lawsuit.