This, from a KYTC release:
Jose Sepulveda, Kentucky division administrator for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), signed the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (Supplemental FEIS) for the project, which involves construction of two bridges and reconstruction of the Kennedy interchange.
So what’d KYTC do?
Sent out two photos of the guy signing the thing, which we actually discussed yesterday:
Yep. An issue so important and they sent along two photos of some guy signing a document.
John Yarmuth also said this in a release:
“Over the past decade or more, the people of the Commonwealth and the region have considered and adjudicated this project,” Yarmuth said. “There is no legitimate reason for further delay. I urge the state Senate to approve funds for the Ohio River Bridges Project, and put Kentucky back on the road of progress.”
Yep, sit down and shut up, kids, no reason to question anything. River Fields says so.
Oh, wait, here’s what Steve Beshear had to say:
“I appreciate the prompt action of the Federal Highway Administration in reviewing and approving our supplemented environmental document for the Ohio River Bridges Project. This should give added assurance to the citizens of Kentucky and Indiana that this critical project, which will create thousands of jobs in the near future and for generations to come, is at long last on track toward construction.”
But about those alleged jobs? We covered that yesterday:
“As shown, construction of the LSIORB Project would result in a shift in permanent employment within the LMPA, and a decrease of 78 in total employment over the No-Action Alternative. By the year 2030, a shift of almost 12,000 employees from Kentucky into Indiana could potentially occur as a result of the project. It is anticipated that these employees would shift away from Jefferson and Oldham counties and move into Clark and Floyd counties.”
Happy Friday news dump!
UPDATE – From State Rep. Reggie Meeks:
Rep. Jim Wayne and I questioned info – known to the Transportation Cabinet Secretary – involving the prospect of future tolling of the Sherman-Minton Bridge. A report shows that in 2031, there is a sudden jump in revenue for the Ohio River Bridges Project – a project that will be tolled. It was that revenue spike in 2031 that caused our Q: Is there a potential at some point of tolling Sherman-Minton? The Cabinet’s response was contradictory. Once again, as policy makers we found ourselves being told, “Trust Me” by the Cabinet. Boys and girls, I assure you,any criticism you may have of a government that says, trust me pales in comparison to the cynicism of us Doubting Thomas’ IN government! We are asked to rely on that stale tune, make sound public policy decisions based on it, and then come home and face a critical public! In an election year when it’s all about winning your upcoming election, there’s little wonder why most legislators are not willing to take tough votes – and little wonder why road projects that bring home the bacon are slipped into budgets…