Friday March 19, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other elected officials today re-opened the Aiken Road Bridge, an eight-month, $1.9 million construction project that will make it much easier – and safer – for residents in eastern Louisville to access the Gene Snyder Freeway and other major roads.
Abramson praised federal, state and local officials, who worked to secure funding for the bridge, which was closed in 2002 after being declared unsafe because of deteriorating bridge supports.
“This project has been a true partnership – at the local, state and federal levels,” Abramson said. “The finished product is something in which we all can take pride. Most importantly, it provides safe, easy access for people who live in this part of our community.”
The new bridge includes:
· Improved approaches that increase safety and widening from one narrow lane to two wider lanes
· Accommodations for pedestrians
· A barrier wall with synthetic stone to blend in with the surroundings Officials attending today’s announcement included: Sherri Craig, Rep. Anne Northup’s office; Barry Sanders, chief district engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; State Sen. Julie Rose Denton; State Rep. Ron Crimm; State Rep. Bob DeWeese and Metro Councilman Hal Heiner.
Abramson said the Aiken Road Bridge – and the area it serves – is an example of the geographic diversity in Louisville Metro and the wide range of transportation and infrastructure needs present in the community.
For example, Abramson said there are at least four other bridges spread throughout Louisville that need major repair work done. And, he said, there are nearly 10,000 roads in the community that cut across both urban neighborhoods and miles of farmland.
“We are an incredibly diverse community – with suburbs, farms and acres and acres of rural land,” Abramson said. “Our diversity is a strength. But we also have diverse and compelling needs. Access to good roads and supporting infrastructure is critical to creating and enhancing the quality of life we all want for our hometown.”