Ouch is all you can say about this:
Long ago, the Ohio River helped make this Rust Belt city a national pacesetter in manufacturing and transportation, providing it with an identity and an anchor. But as American life shifted toward the automobile, the river also became an impediment.
Now, after more than four decades of debate, the city intends to begin construction on a $2.6 billion bridge project that is said to be the costliest in the state’s history.
The opponents often quarreled among themselves as much as with elected officials.
Although friction about some aspects of the project still reverberates, including over its tolls and environmental impact, construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and the two new bridges linking Kentucky and southern Indiana are expected to open in 2016.
“They’re still fighting the last urban war, which was highway development — but that’s not the nature of the future of the city,” Professor Savitch said. “It will dissipate energy in the central city, where they should be concentrating investment, and instead draw capital to the outer metropolitan area.”
Supporters dismiss those notions, pointing out that the project has passed rigorous federal requirements and arguing that the bridges will improve quality of life by, among other things, relieving chronic traffic congestion.
But a 2011 study by economists at the University of Toronto concluded that expanding roads does not unclog traffic. In fact, the study found, it worsens it.