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Pro-bridges group escalates fight against River Fields

Pro-bridges group escalates fight against River Fields

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 8:40 AM

A one month-old advocacy group that is pushing for no more delays in the construction of the Ohio River Bridges Project has now filed a motion in federal court to intervene in a lawsuit filed by River Fields against the Federal Highway Administration.

Kentuckians for Progress says it filed the motion so that those who are directly impacted by delays will have representation in the lawsuit.

Check out Marcus Green's article in the Courier-Journal for more, and the news release from Kentuckians for Progress is below.


Kentuckians for Progress Files Motion to Intervene in Federal Suit

LOUISVILLE, KY – Today Kentuckians for Progress filed a motion in United States District Court to intervene in River Fields’ lawsuit against the Federal Highway Administration.  River Fields has fought for decades to stop the Ohio River Bridges Project and their current lawsuit aims to delay the Project and ultimately kill the East End Bridge.  Kentuckians for Progress brought the motion to intervene so those who support the Project and are directly impacted by its delay will have representation in the lawsuit.

“It will not be the Federal Highway Administration that waits in traffic, does not get a job, loses business, has lower property values, or endures a lower than necessary quality of life if the Project is delayed or stopped,”  stated former Jefferson County Judge-Executive, Rebecca Jackson. “Few, if any, federal bureaucrats can represent the interests of local citizens and businesses on a matter of this magnitude as well as the local citizens and businesses can represent our own interests.”

If allowed into the suit, Kentuckians for Progress will argue in favor of the existing Federal Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision, against the indefinite stay that was recently ordered, and against River Fields’ stalling tactics.  “We firmly believe our efforts in this matter will help to expedite the case and serve as a voice for the thousands of supporters of economic progress that until now have been unheard,“ stated Judge Jackson. 

Since announcing its formation just a month ago, Kentuckians for Progress has gained the support of hundreds of Louisvillians and Hoosiers as well as the additional membership of the following local businesses and organizations:

 ·         United Auto Workers Local 862 representing over 10,000 active and retired members.

·         Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters Local 64 representing over 1,000 families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

·         Allan Parnell, President of Southern Indiana trucking company, Mister P Express.

·         Donald Scheer, former owner of Chick Inn Restaurant, Louisville, KY.
 

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