Condemnation suit could be pursued in effort to force opening K&I Bridge to walkers, bicyclists
... Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen, D-8th District and chairman of the transportation committee, said the K&I was open for public use — including to vehicles — from 1913 to 1979. It was designated U.S. 31 during those years.
That protracted public use and right-of-way could be grounds for pursuing a condemnation proceeding to get a court ruling to reopen the bridge’s former automobile decks to walkers and bicyclists, probably through federal court, officials said.
Karem said metro officials are researching the possibility of a condemnation action toward that end.
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