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Valley View will not be site of bridge

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – It was unexpected music to the ears of residents along Valley View Drive.

     The cards and letters sent to state highway officials the past few months with concerns over the possible location of a bridge over Salt River next to their homes must have worked.

     Matt Bullock, chief engineer for District Five of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced during the most recent fiscal court meeting that the bridge would not cross Salt River in the area of Heritage Hills Subdivision.

     Bullock jokingly told members of the Concerned Families of Bullitt County to stop sending the letters.

     The bridge over Salt River is still in the early stages of study, said Bullock.

     There was never a definite plan to place the bridge over the river at Valley View Drive. The bridge was aligned to help provide an alternate route between Highway 44 East and Cedar Grove Road.

     Residents have voiced their concern over the increased traffic on Valley View and concerns that it would also bring light industrial development to their neighborhoods.

     At this point, Bullock said a consulting firm would take the next year or so to look at various alternatives for bridge locations. The money has been appropriated for the initial study.

     As part of the plan discussed by members of the citizens group, a bypass road near Halls Lane would have been built toward an interchange on Preston Highway at Interstate 65.

     Bullock did not address that portion of the initial study.

     Bill Duffy, organizer of the concerned group, said he was surprised but pleased.

     The organization has been in contact with state officials on their concerns. However, it was Tuesday’s meeting where it was learned that the initial crossing site was not part of the plan.

     Heritage Hill continues to operate as a residential community, as well as a golf course.