Committee approves controversial bridge measure

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville Metro Council committee has
passed a measure granting broad power to the mayor and the governor
in planning new Ohio River bridges.

The Courier-Journal reports the resolution, passed Thursday,
allows Mayor Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear to appoint a
group that will negotiate the creation of an Ohio River bridges
authority with Indiana.

The authority, with seven members from each state, would make
far-reaching decisions about how to finance the project, including
whether to place tolls on the bridges.

The $4.1 billion bridges plan calls for two new spans between
Louisville and Clark County, Ind., and a rebuilt Spaghetti Junction
interchange, where interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet over downtown

The full council is scheduled to vote on the resolution July 30.

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