The Indianapolis Star has a lengthy piece on one controversial portion of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project…The $200 million tunnel under the Drumanard Estate in Louisville:
All that stands between Indiana taxpayers and $200 million in savings is 11 acres of woods in Kentucky.They are not particularly attractive trees. And their value is widely disputed — even in Kentucky. But preservationists who wanted to stop an Ohio River bridge project decades ago were able to secure a historic designation for the property; and the bridge project is now moving forward.So Indiana is paying $255 million to bore a tunnel under the trees. It's a payment some say is necessary to preserve a narrow slice of history, others to preserve interstate harmony, and still others because, well, the rules are the rules. Changing them would take time.