Mayoral candidates just want bridges to go somewhere

06/29/2010 12:37 PM

(WITH VIDEO) LOUISVILLE — When it comes to constructing new Ohio River bridges from Louisville — which have been 40 years in the works — the two mayoral candidates agree on one thing: the projects needs to continue.

But when it comes to which bridge to build first, the water is a little murky. In an interview with Louisville radio host Mandy Connell on Tuesday, Democrat Greg Fischer avoided promoting one bridge over another. Instead, Fischer called for speeding up the pace and more transparency with the project.

“Part of the problem is people don’t know what’s going on,” Fischer told Connell.

Meanwhile, Republican Hal Heiner told cn|2 Politics last week that the East End bridge should be built first.

And while neither candidate supports applying high-priced tolls on the bridges, both allowed for the possibility of tolls, if affordable.

“We can’t have tolls so high that people are hesitant to have cross-river commerce,” Fischer said.

Fischer, in a wide-ranging 30-minute interview on Connell’s show also said illegal immigration is “not a burning problem” in Louisville and defended current mayor Jerry Abramson once again.

—Reporting by Kenny Colston, video produced by Holly Thompson

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