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Seneca Park bike safety improvements

Thursday October 28, 2004

COMPLETION OF SENECA PARK ROAD WORK MAKES PARK SAFER FOR BIKES AND PEDESTRIANS

LOUISVILLE (October 28, 2004) – Bicyclists and pedestrians will enjoy safer trips through Seneca Park, thanks to road improvements at three intersections in the popular park. $61,000 in road work was completed because of several accidents and concerns expressed by cyclists.

Over the past three weeks, the following changes were completed by Gohmann Asphalt and managed by Tim Callahan of Louisville Metro Public Works:

  • Seneca Park Rd & Pee Wee Reese Rd #1 (near golf course crosswalks): Reshaped grassy median and cut out excess pavement to clearly define traffic routes for turning vehicles. Changed intersection from informal traffic circle to a "T" intersection, with a new stop sign for northbound traffic on Pee Wee Reese Road. Changes should reduce speed for drivers turning from eastbound Seneca Park Road to southbound Pee Wee Reese Road.
  • Seneca Park Rd & Pee Wee Reese Rd #2 (northeast of first intersection): Retained large, grassy island while eliminating vehicle traffic along one edge of island connecting Seneca Park Road to Pee Wee Reese Road. This should prevent confusion over which leg of the road drivers should use. Signs will indicate two-way traffic along one leg; the other leg will be reserved for bike and pedestrian traffic through the use of permanent barricades.
  • Pee Wee Reese Road, at intersection with Rock Creek Drive and Cherokee Gardens Road: Reshape intersection with both side roads by reducing excess pavement width, and clearly defining the spots where vehicles must come to a complete stop.

The plan was developed by Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services, in consultation with Metro Parks, the Public Works department, and the Louisville Bicycle Club. Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Mohammad Nouri managed the project.

"We were able to take quick action in response to concerns expressed by park users," said Mayor Jerry Abramson. "By simply cutting away some excess pavement and re-shaping these intersections, we've turned one of our city's most feared bicycle trips into a model for future roadway safety enhancements."

"I think these changes will keep others from going through what I've experienced this year," said cyclist Brad Swope, who was hospitalized in intensive care after being struck by a vehicle in March. "If drivers obey the posted speed limits, and bicyclists and pedestrians stay alert, we'll have greatly reduced the chance of future accidents in Seneca Park."

Metro Parks has also developed a master plan to improve pedestrian circulation in the portion of Seneca Park that is south of I-64. The plan calls for paths along Seneca Park Road and Pee Wee Reese Road that would be used by pedestrians and recreational cyclists. More serious cyclists would likely continue to travel on park roads.