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June 22, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For June 22-23

JEERS

... to elected officials with board attention deficit disorder.

The symptoms of BADD include audible cell phone ringers, active texting during a meeting, note-passing and not sharing them with the rest of the class and whispering while others are speaking. School board members are especially affected by this condition, which is interesting considering students are written up for such behavior. Some members have actually missed calls for votes because of BADD.

Treatment includes leaving your phone in your purse, listening attentively to those whom have the floor and paying attention while making decisions that cost constituents hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A dose of manners also is recommended.

— Jerod Clapp, News and Tribune education reporter

JEERS

... to the traffic disaster in the downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville areas that lies ahead.

This week, details emerged about upcoming road and ramp closures related to the Ohio River Bridges Project. There are some jaw-droppers.

How about an estimated 1,000-day closure starting July 8 for the Interstate 64 eastbound ramp to Interstate 65 southbound. That’s sure to thrill Floyd County residents who head south through downtown Louisville to work.

Or, the 258-day closure for I-64 EB to I-65 NB starting in spring 2016. That’s the route I normally take when returning to the Jeffersonville office from New Albany.

Then there’s the Clark Memorial Bridge closing completely for about a month in May 2014. One wreck on the Kennedy Bridge and it will be traffic madness.

The debate on the need for two new bridges instead of just one on the east end of Clark and Jefferson counties will rage on forever. The fact is that the two-bridges project — including a new one downtown — is upon us. We’ll see, once completed in 2016, if the project has as great an affect as its leaders claim it will. No one can know for sure.

I do know this. Traffic headaches for the next three years are going to be terrible for drivers getting anywhere near the downtown I-65 corridor.

Keep calm and carry on, even if it’s at a stop-and-go rate.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy

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