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Councilman Johnson asks Mayor Fischer to focus road diet plan on 3rd Street and not Southern Parkway

Monday November 11, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

 Louisville – In a letter to Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) has asked that Louisville Metro Government forgo plans to place Southern Parkway on a “road diet” and instead refocus attention on the 3rd Street area.

“I am asking you for help to prevent this plan from going forth. We recognize road diets have been effective on Brownsboro and Grinstead, and would be effective on 3rd Street, but not on Southern Parkway,” Johnson said in the letter. “Currently most folks traveling in and through the 21st District choose to travel Southern Parkway or Southside Drive/2nd Street specifically to avoid the narrow lanes and poor road conditions on 3rd Street.”

The Councilman delivered the letter on Friday.

It was written following a public meeting on November 4th. Some 70 residents were on hand to hear a presentation from Metro Parks and the firm of Gresham, Smith and Partners about the proposed road diet for Southern Parkway. Like similar proposals, the plan calls for taking four lanes of traffic down to three making space available for bike lanes and additional improvements.

In the letter, Johnson says some are concerned about high volume of traffic at various times during the week.

“Constituents also raised questions about what will happen to the #4 bus and the extremely high volumes of traffic from Cardinal Stadium and Churchill Downs. The firm had not even considered these factors by their own account. They weren’t even aware if a city bus ran on Southern Parkway, let alone the number of stops or their frequency,” he said in the letter.

Several at the meeting questioned how effective the actual traffic count was for Southern Parkway. Residents were concerned that not enough equipment was used or placed in key areas to be reliable during the counting period.

“I think many agree that the evidence suggests the notion that there has not been an acceptable study conducted on Southern Parkway,” said Johnson. “I hope the appropriate authorities will thoroughly investigate these studies.”

The Councilman closed out the letter saying he looked forward to working with the Mayor and members of the Jefferson County Legislative delegation to pursue a better future for 3rd Street which he contends is the road that truly needs a road diet.

Dan Johnson (D) 21