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Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Ohio River Bridges Project

Kentucky and Indiana will create a historic preservation trust as part of a settlement reached in the lawsuit against the Ohio River Bridges Project filed in 2009 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and River Fields, says a news release issued Friday on the projects' website.The new trust will be established with $1.7 million equally funded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation. The money will be dispersed to non-profit groups and local governments in the form of grants for the "rehabilitating, preserving and enhancing of properties and districts" affected by the project.The news release adds: Eligible projects include, among others, grants for the protection and interpretation of notable African-American sites in eastern Jefferson County, Ky., including the historic Jefferson Jacobs School, a Rosenwald School, in Louisville.Among other commitments, INDOT and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will also develop blasting and vibration monitoring plans for historic properties and make publicly available information on the stormwater management for the East End Crossing.(Read the settlement here.)

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.