Louisville news: Bridges and gambling to cure all that ails edition [News]

Ohio River Bridges Project
  • "Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that Kentucky and Indiana have reached consensus on a plan to finance and build the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville, keeping the project on target to begin construction in 2012. Under an agreement in principle reached by Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and leaders of the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, each state would take the lead in financing and overseeing construction of one half of the project. Kentucky would be responsible for financing and constructing the downtown portion of the project – a new I-65 bridge, a re-decked Kennedy Bridge, modernization of the Kennedy Interchang and expansion of the I-65 approach in Indiana. Indiana would be responsible for financing and constructing the East End portion of the project – a new bridge near Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky.; a new highway linking the Lee Hamilton Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway; and a tunnel in Eastern Jefferson County." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "The horse racing industry sponsored a survey that showed a majority of Kentuckians want to be able to vote on expanded gaming. On Wednesday Gov. Steve Beshear said he wants a bill to start in the Senate, the same place it died last time. He did not say which senators he was talking to or from what party, however, WAVE 3 got a tip that he met with the Chair of the State & Local Government Committee Thursday and was the only television station to interview him. 'I believe that the Governor and I have the same goal and that is to get this issue on the ballot next November,' said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown." [WAVE 3]
  • "Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a lawsuit against a former Floyd County Highway Department superintendent, saying he misappropriated funds over a span of six years.
    According to a report by the Indiana Board of Accounts, nearly $18,000 is owed to the state.
    Zoeller said the man at the center is Floyd County Highway Supervisor Ronald Quakenbush." [WLKY]

Photo: Courtesy Ohio River Bridges Project

About Zach Everson
I'm the travel news/travel buzz editor at MapQuest. Previously, I was a freelance writer, contributing to The Wall Street Journal, Air Canada's enRoute, USA Today, Condé Nast Traveller, BlackBook, Curbed, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Fox News. I also was the founding editor of Eater Louisville and the director of content and editorial strategy for Louisville.com.
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