There are many questions and
concerns regarding the construction of the new East End Bridge adjacent to
Prospect. The best way for you to understand how this will effect you is to
provide facts and insight about the plan.
Q: Where will the Bridge be located?
A: The Bridge will cross the Ohio River from the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy. 841 KY/I-265) to the Lee Hamilton Hwy. (Hwy. 265 IN)
Q: How does it connect to I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway)?
A: It was determined through a number of environmental and preservation studies that the route should include a gently sloping trench which will begin at the present location of the
I-71 interchange and a tunnel, to begin just South of Hwy. 42 KY, go for approximately 1 mile and surface at a point adjacent to the entry point of the bridge.
Q: What about the traffic problems in the area?
A: Since the new route will not include an on ramp going North (toward the bridge) on I-265 or an off ramp going south (away from the bridge), the traffic will likely include only current residents of the area of Prospect/Oldham County. The effect of the interchange plan is to give primarily Prospect area residents access to the reminder of Jefferson County via the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) and give them access to Prospect when coming from the remainder of Jefferson County via the Snyder.
Q: Won't there be an
increase in noise and/or air pollution?
A: Actually, the amount of noise, light pollution and air pollution is projected by every study made to decrease once the trench and tunnel is complete even with increased traffic. This is because the present Gene Snyder Freeway is on the surface and the new bridge approach will be as much as 60 feet below the surface, in either the trench or inside a tunnel.
Q: Will it affect my property values?
A: It would not be unreasonable to assume the trench, tunnel and bridge will have a positive effect on long-term property values. This is because noise, light and air pollution will be less and access to services within Jefferson County will remain the same as now. The bridge, however, will probably signal greater commercial growth along the Snyder outside Prospect and access to these new commercial centers will remain excellent.
Q: When is the construction slated to begin and how long will the construction take?
A: Right of Way - Acquisition: is expected to begin in 2005 and be completed in 2008.
Utility Relocation: relocation is expected to begin in 2006 and be completed within five to seven years.
Construction - Work is to begin in 2007 and be completed in 2017.