Wednesday February 19, 2003
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
LOUISVILLE – Take a drive out Shelbyville Road – past Mall St. Matthews, past The Forum – until you reach the stretch of road between Blankenbaker Parkway and the Gene Snyder.
You’ll find some areas with curbs, and many without. Some shoulders of the roadway are paved with asphalt, some with gravel.
Some parking lots are one big driveway, which turns into a free-for-all when drivers try to merge onto the Shelbyville Road.
Several open drainage ditches on the side of the road become flooded during heavy rain. Sidewalks and trees along the street are rare.
That’s why Councilman Hal Heiner, R-District 19, has formed a taskforce to begin the Shelbyville Road Beautification and Safety Project.
“When I walked door-to-door in the fall, residents and small business owners in the area voiced concern about that stretch of Shelbyville Road,” Heiner said. “They asked for help in improving the safety and looks.
“It is the retail town center for Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Middletown, Lake Forest and the surrounding areas, so improvements are a concern to much of the district.”
The taskforce will identify problems and consider ways to improve the design of the roadway, such as uniform sidewalks, points of entry into a parking lot and curbing. In addition, it will work with the Transportation Cabinet and the Metropolitan Sewer District to try to identify funding sources to improve infrastructure and drainage.
The taskforce also will examine how to beautify the rights-of-way areas through landscaping and other design elements.
“We’re really excited about the planning initiative Hal Heiner is undertaking for Shelbyville Road,” said Judy Francis, president and CEO of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber is 100 percent supportive and involved in getting these beautification and improvements.”
The first meeting of the taskforce will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the Republic Bank at the corner of Blankenbaker Parkway and Shelbyville Road.
The taskforce members are:
Hal Heiner, District 19 councilman, Louisville Metro Council; Diane Cook, resident, Anchorage; Warren Walker, mayor, Douglass Hills; Byron Chapman, mayor, Middletown; Ron Snellen, commissioner, Middletown; Robert Robinson, mayor, Woodland Hills; Gary Edelen, president, Beckley Woods Homeowners Association; Ron Bekebrede, treasurer, Copperfield Homeowners Association; Dick Richard, member, Lake Forest Advisory Council; Judy Francis, president and CEO, Middletown Chamber of Commerce; Mary Littrell, member, Middletown Chamber of Commerce, and vice president of the Middletown branch of Bank One; John Hassmann, chair-elect, Middletown Chamber of Commerce, and owner of Taste of Kentucky; C. W. Seymour, a transportation engineer, State Department of Transportation; Charles Cash, director, Louisville Metro Planning and Design; Mark Adams, county engineer, Louisville Metro Public Works; and John Fischer, assistant director, Louisville Metro Development Authority.
The taskforce will help lay the foundation for the first public forum, which will be held in late March, Heiner said.
“The residents in the area told me that improving this area of Shelbyville Road is important to them,” he said. “We want to make sure that they are involved in the process every step of the way. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and shop in the area.”
Hal Heiner (R) 19