The Say NO to Bridge Tolls folks sent out a release yesterday with nine observations from Tuesday evening’s Ohio River Bridges Debacle meeting:
- There were 48 speakers.
- Of those that mentioned tolls: 12 spoke in favor of tolls; and 22 spoke against tolls (or, almost 2 to 1 against tolls). The previous evening, at the Indiana bridge forum, while no formal tally was documented, there appeared to be about 3 to 1 against tolls.
- None of the 48 speakers argued against building the East End Bridge. Whereas about half spoke against building the downtown bridge.
- The first speaker was a college professor who asked that the Bridges Authority consider how tolls would add an extra fee to students who could least afford such a cost, especially due to the recent increased tuition expenses.
- The final speaker was Bill Cox, a former Federal Highway Administrator for Kentucky and who oversaw construction of the Snyder / I-265 Freeway. He recommended building the East End Bridge only and fixing Spaghetti Junction. Then determine if a new downtown bridge was needed.
- No speakers indicated a bridge should not be built. And, all speakers indicated the project should be built sooner and not later.
- Several speakers singled out the conservation group River Fields for their delaying lawsuit against the project. No one from River Fields spoke at the forum.
- All speakers were courteous, civil, informative, and for the most part, respectful, which is a true compliment to Kentuckiana residents.
- In summary: the resulting message to the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority is now clearer than ever: build the East End Bridge first, with no tolls.
It seems all of those people in the photo and all of those who spoke want the East End Bridge built – now.
Funny how the Bridges “Authority” ignores what the community wants.