Louisville bridges project won’t qualify for stimulus dollars

WHAS-11’s Mark Hebert is reporting today that the planned Ohio River bridges project at Louisville won’t qualify for funds available avunder the recently passed federal stimulus package. 

According to Hebert, none of the $421 million the state expects to receive for road and bridge projects under the stimulus plan will go to the multi-billion dollar bridges project in Louisville. 

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Louisville Democrat, told Hebert that the stimulus dollars will be directed toward projects that can be started and completed within two years. 

That likely means that another Ohio River bridge project – the Interstate 69 bridge planned at Henderson – won’t be seeing any funding from the stimulus packaage either. 

Local elected and business officials are pushing the Interstate 69 project that would give western Kentucky another interstate highway, but have place much of their emphasis to this point on the creation of a statewide transportation infrastructure authority to oversee and fund the project. 

Senate Bill 15, which would establish such an authority, has been filed by Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson and has been assigned to the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee, but hasn’t received a hearing.

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