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January 25, 2014

BRIDGING THE FUTURE: Exploring the bridges project impact on UTICA

Back on the map: East-end bridge brings change to Utica's 776 residents

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UTICA —

But along Upper River Road, that hasn’t stopped out-of-towners from building large homes right on the river.

Gary and Carol Vanderhoff, native Louisvillians, said all it took was a bike ride and a visit to an open house for them to fall in love with Utica. With his retirement from an IT job with Humana on the way, they bought one of the big houses on the river.

“This is awesome,” Gary said. “Every day, it’s a different view, a different sunrise, a different moon shining across the river. We just liked it and decided to go ahead with my retirement savings to make this my retirement home.”

The couple said though they’re not sure how much traffic noise they’ll get from the new bridge, they’re already excited with its aesthetic from preliminary drawings.

But Carol is keeping her outlook realistic, knowing the small town they moved to from the Harbor at Harrod’s Creek won’t be as small anymore.

“I would like to have it all,” she said. “I’d like to be able to get on the bridge and do what I want to do and not have any more houses and everything up there, but I don’t think that’s what we’re going to see. I think we’ll have more traffic and houses up on the ridge.”But she also said the prospect of Utica offering more in the way of shops and the like sounds really good to her. That, and the bridge will make their lives easier since they still frequent Louisville.

“It will be a lot more convenient for us,” Carol said. “We still go over to Louisville at least every other day, and it’s going to  be a beautiful bridge, so that doesn’t bother us. We always said it won’t be built in our lifetime, so I hope that isn’t true.”

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Bryden Stafford, 5, New Albany, takes aim at the pie throwing booth during the inaugural Back to School Block Party in front of the Ed Endres Boys and Girls Club along Ekin Avenue in New Albany on Wednesday afternoon. The event was put on by the Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana and the Floyd County Bar Association, and free school supplies were available, as well as refreshments, activities and games.

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