I-65 Downtown Bridge to Open Ahead of Schedule Public will have a chance to ‘Walk the Bridge’ before it opens to traffic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:48



Speaking from the deck of the new Interstate 65 bridge in downtown Louisville, Gov. Steve Beshear announced on Monday, Oct. 12, the bridge will open to two-way traffic ahead of schedule.

“In January, I stood at the base of this massive project and announced we were accelerating the schedule,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, I’m walking on this beautiful new bridge and telling you we’re moving even faster than expected. Drivers will get an early present – you will be driving on the new bridge by Christmas!”

An exact date for the opening of the new bridge will be determined closer to that date. Gov. Beshear said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and crews with Walsh Construction are on budget and ahead of schedule. Officials are confident the bridge will be ready to carry traffic before Dec. 25.

Gov. Beshear also announced plans for a public celebration in advance of opening the bridge to traffic.

“Over the coming decades, hundreds of thousands of people and cars will cross this bridge, but we’re creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before we open the bridge to vehicle traffic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Before the first car drives across this span, the public will have a chance to walk the new bridge. It’s an opportunity to be part of an historic celebration of an extraordinary project. ”

Plans for the public celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.

Gov. Beshear was joined by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville (Indiana) Mayor Mike Moore for the progress announcement. Each signed a golden bolt, some of the final bolts that will be put into place on the deck of the new bridge.

“I’m excited to be a part of this moment and proud of all this bridge represents,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “Building these two bridges will transform Indiana and Kentucky. Governor Pence and I applaud the hard work of people on both sides of the river and the political aisle to make it happen.”

Building a new interstate bridge across the Ohio River in Louisville had been discussed for decades, but became real in December 2011 when Gov. Beshear and then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels instructed their staffs to cut costs and make the project financially feasible. The groundbreaking ceremony was held 18 months later, in June 2013.

“I witnessed the decades of debate and heard from many people who never thought the bridges would be a reality,” said Mayor Fischer. “Because of Gov. Beshear’s tenacity, outside-the-box thinking and leadership, we are standing here today.”

Walk the Bridge

Details will be announced soon regarding the Walk the Bridge celebration. The event, planned for December, will offer the public a chance be part of history by walking on the bridge before it opens to traffic. The public is expected to access the bridge from Jeffersonville.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Jeffersonville host this tremendous event,” said Mayor Moore. “It’s been nearly 52 years since the Kennedy Bridge opened to traffic. Giving the public this opportunity offers all of us a chance to be part of a historic moment. It’s going to be a fantastic celebration.”

Opening to Traffic

When the new Downtown bridge opens in December, it will temporarily carry two-way traffic. Crews with lead contractor Walsh Construction Co. will then begin extensive improvements to the adjacent John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. More than $22 million in improvements are planned, including building a new floor system. It’s expected to add decades of new life to the Kennedy Bridge.

All but one lane of the Kennedy Bridge will close when the new bridge opens to traffic. One lane will remain open for about a month to maintain access to I-64 and I-71 North. The entire Kennedy Bridge will then close for about six months. One lane of the Kennedy will reopen first, restoring access to I-64 East and I-71 North. Access to I-64 West will be restored a short time later. The entire Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen in late 2016.

The revamped Kennedy Bridge will eventually carry six lanes of I-65 South traffic and the Downtown bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 North traffic.

The entire Downtown Crossing – the new cable-stayed bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river – is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.

Find more information on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com. Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects in your county at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new.




Scottsburg’s Warriors Football Defeats Switzerland County 41-40 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:11

Scottsburg Warrior football returned from a 13 point deficit on Friday to take down Switzerland County in 41-40 in overtime play. With less than stellar weather and a number of players on the bench due to injury, the team was forced to dig deep in order to win.

Trio of murder suspects have initial courtroom hearings conducted quietly on Monday morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 15:10

Suspects in the shooting death of Bill A. Reynolds, 69, on Sunday, September 27, were quickly and quietly arraigned in Scott Circuit Court late Monday morning, October 5.
With Judge Roger Duvall presiding, each of the defendants – Johnetta Ruth Hall, 42, of Lexington, and Kerry Ray Heald, 22, and Jacob Wayne Mathis, 21, both of Clarksville – learned they have been charged with felony murder, Level 1 felony conspiracy to commit murder and Level 6 felony obstruction of justice.
Neither Hall nor Heald appeared with attorneys, and they will be provided with public defenders. Mathis was accompanied by Stephen Beardsley of New Albany, but Beardsley declined to enter an oral appearance during Mathis' initial hearing, requesting that the court allow some time to do so. Judge Duvall set a review hearing for Mathis on Tuesday, October 13, on the matter of him hiring counsel.
Accompanied by several officers, including Sheriff Dan McClain and Detective Rick Barrett, the trio was brought to the courtroom separate of other defendants who had scheduled appearances. Soon after the defendants being seated, Beardsley arrived to talk to Mathis and was allowed to confer with the young man in a guarded jury room while Hall and Heald waited quietly, both facing the judge's bench in the courtroom's jury box.
All of the defendants were wearing black-and-white striped jumpsuits. Heald, the alleged shooter, is six feet in height with curly dark hair. His friend, Mathis, has a short, wiry build, blondish hair worn long and a beard. He was wearing glasses. Hall is a slightly-built woman and has driven trucks professionally for five years, she stated in court.
Judge Duvall arrived during this private conference and opened the proceedings in court by first advising Hall and Heald of their rights. He then turned his attention to Hall, advising her of the charges and two enhancements filed against her.
As in the cases against Heald and Mathis, Prosecutor Jason Mount has filed a Notice of the State's Intention to seek a life sentence without parole, the first enhancement, and a motion for an additional penalty for the use of a firearm in the death of Reynolds on September 27, the second enhancement.
The three are accused of conspiring to end Reynolds' life. The Scott County resident was shot as he stood at the gate of his property on Slate Ford Road in southeastern Scott County around 1:45 p.m. that Sunday. His body was found by neighbors about 45 minutes later.
Through a search of local court records, it was learned that Reynolds had filed in June for a divorce from Hall's mother, Dalene Cates, whom he had been married a couple of years ago.
Reportedly, Cates would not leave the residence on Slate Ford Rd. until notified that a contempt citation had been filed against her in Scott Superior Court on September 23 because of her alleged inaction. She reportedly then left the house within a few days.
Reynolds had been at the house to see what repairs were needed and to start cleaning it that Sunday he was shot. He had recently learned that his cancer was in remission but used a cane to walk because he was still recovering his strength from that medical ordeal.
Purportedly, Hall had discussed killing Reynolds with Heald and Mathis, according to statements obtained from the two Clarksville men. She also allegedly provided a loaded handgun for them to use.
According to statements taken from the men, they made arrangements for being compensated by Hall for killing Reynolds. The pair drove to Slate Ford Road that Sunday in Mathis' vehicle. Heald allegedly shot the man, leaving his body by the gate, though Mathis said his original purpose in the crime was “...to help dispose of the body,” the affidavit related.
They then drove to storage rental units in Austin, where Hall met them, the affidavit noted. A surveillance tape purportedly shows the trio taking items, reportedly NASCAR memorabilia and collectibles, from the rental unit and putting them in Mathis' vehicle. Heald can also allegedly be seen removing an item wrapped in a dark cloth from the pair's car and putting it in Hall's vehicle. The vehicles then leave the rental unit business.
The obstruction of justice charge is based on Heald's alleged action of returning the murder weapon, a .38 caliber handgun, to Hall.
Through questioning by Judge Duvall, Heald related that he was still on probation for a marijuana dealing Class C felony charge in Floyd County. A check of court records revealed he had been sentenced to three years in August, 2013, for that charge, but had been released after serving a year.
No bail was set for any of the defendants that morning due to the nature of the charges against them.
Judge Duvall set a pre-trial hearing in each of the defendants' cases for 9 a.m. on Monday, November 30. Each defendant has an initial jury trial date of March 7, 2016.
Under Indiana's revised criminal code, murder has a sentence of from 45 to 65 years with a presumed sentence of 55 years; the Level 1 felony has a presumed sentence of from 20 to 40 years with a presumed sentence of 30 years; and the Level 6 felony has a sentence of from six months to 2½ years, with a presumed sentence of one year.
In other related court action, Hall's mother was charged with a Class A misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement on October 1.
Reportedly, when Det. Barrett and Indiana State Police Detective Brian Busick arrived at the East Polk Road residence to take Hall in for questioning on September 29, Cates attempted to interfere, placing her body between Det. Busick and Hall. She was allegedly trying to prevent the officer from handcuffing Hall.
Cates has entered a not guilty plea to the charge in Scott Superior Court and was released the same day, October 1, after filing a $1,000 cash bond.
Her trial date on the misdemeanor has been scheduled for November 19.

INDOT to Close I-65 Lanes and Rest Area between Scottsburg-Henryville This Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcus Amos   
Monday, 05 October 2015 11:32


INDOT To Close I-65 Lanes & Rest Area Ramps Between Scottsburg-Henryville This Week

The Indiana Department of Transportation will close Interstate 65 travel lanes and rest area ramps next week to advance construction efforts for the $12,385,500 Seymour District project to repair and repave nine miles of north-south roadway between Scottsburg and Henryville.

Rest Area ramps close on northbound I-65 at the 22.0 mile marker beginning at midnight Sunday night when entrance access is barricaded to facilitate full-depth concrete patching. Allowing time for travels to vacate the facility, INDOT will delay the exit ramp closure until 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, Exit and entrance ramps will reopen by 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Southbound I-65 right lane will close between mile markers 25.0 and 20.0 from 9 p.m. Sunday until Friday morning for partial-depth asphalt patching.

Northbound I-65 right lane will close between mile markers 20.0 and 25.0 from 9 p.m. Sunday until Friday morning for partial-depth asphalt patching.

The adjacent left lane of I-65—both southbound and northbound—will remain open to traffic, limited to 11-foot widths.

These pavement repairs are being done in advance of milling and repaving operations. E & B Paving is the state’s contractor for this I-65 project which extends from 0.5 miles north of S.R. 160 to 0.43 miles north of S.R. 56 in Scott and Clark Counties. Work includes removal and replacement of twin bridges at Brownstown Road.

For area highway information, monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast. Verify travel plans at TrafficWise: http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.




Written by Marcus Amos   
Friday, 02 October 2015 08:59

The West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Scott County. Health officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves:

Symptoms of the West NIle Virus include fever, headache, body aches, swollen glands or a rash.
People should take the following precautions when going outside:
Wear repellent containing DEET
Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
Avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn
Rid your property of standing water
Repair failed spectic systems
Keep grass cut short
Clean clogged gutters

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