The results of the 8664 study with retired traffic engineer, Walter Kulash, were presented to an eager audience of over 200 of the public at Kentucky Center for the Arts.
According to Mr. Kulash, the removal of I-64 through downtown would greatly simplify the current mess known as Spaghetti Junction where three interstates intersect. This simplification would then allow the free flow of traffic through the interstate interchange making the need for a second downtown bridge next to the Kennedy bridge superfluous. The plan would still require an East End Bridge and the re-routing of I-64 over that bridge, removing the through traffic that now flows through downtown Louisville. The removal of I-64 through downtown and replacement with a parkway would open a large swath of downtown and the west end for development, reconnecting Louisville with its rightful parent–the Ohio River.
Finally, in addition to the livability and community benefits, the 8664 plan would also present a much more cost-effective plan, approximately half of the cost the current Bridges Project. Overall, the 8664 project is much more friendly to the downtown area and can only reinforce the booming downtown area, extending it west of the current 9th Street exit of I-64, which forms a wall between the central business district (CBD) and the west end. Moreover, the $2 billion lower price tag would obviously free up money to be used on other greatly needed transportation projects throughout the Louisville metro area.