Lawsuit Dismissed for Ohio River Bridges Project
Project to Proceed With No Other Roadblocks
The Ohio Rivers Bridges Project recently cleared the final hurdle in its path to becoming reality. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II granted summary judgment to the defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking to halt construction of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. The successful defendants included the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), represented by Frost Brown Todd, as well as the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The plaintiff in the case was the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation. Judge Heyburn issued his Opinion granting summary judgment and dismissing the plaintiff’s case in its entirety on July 17, 2013.
The Ohio River Bridges Project aims to add two new bridges between Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as reconstruct Spaghetti Junction in downtown Louisville and construct new approach roadways in Southern Indiana. The project will resolve long-standing congestion and safety issues on the region’s cross-river transportation system, and will provide enhanced cross-river access in both the downtown and the East End areas.
Tim Hagerty, member of Frost Brown Todd’s environmental practice group and long-time legal counsel to KYTC for the Ohio River Bridges Project, states, “It’s very rewarding to see that the project is under way and this final obstacle has been cleared. After working with KYTC for over 15 years to make this project a reality, we have been successful in our creative and legal efforts to make this work.”
Completion of the Ohio River Bridges Project will provide incalculable economic benefits to the Louisville-Southern Indiana region by ensuring a modern, efficient cross-river transportation system to support our transportation- and logistics-based economy.