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Councilman Blackwell announces Dixie Highway Project moving forward to the design phase

Saturday October 12, 2013

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

Louisville – The design work is now underway on the Dixie Highway Corridor Project after the recent awarding of a $600,000 contract to the Corradino Group of Louisville. This initial phase is the first step in the revitalization and transformation of Dixie Highway’s appearance keeping safety in mind along with aesthetic changes and will bring changes at the Watterson Expressway exchange from Crums Lane to Rockford Lane.

The project was made possible by a $5 million dollars appropriation from the Kentucky General Assembly last year.

“The time has come to modernize Dixie Highway’s look and make it more user friendly for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) “It is crucial that we remember the corridor is just as essential in economic development as any other area of Metro Louisville.”

The primary goals of the Dixie Highway Corridor Project are to enhance safety and aesthetics throughout the corridor. Safety improvements will include the addition of new multi-use pedestrian, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and median treatments. Aesthetic improvements include the addition of landscaping, signage, streetscape elements, and a gateway feature at I-264.

“I am excited this project is getting underway because it begins in one of the busiest areas of Dixie Highway,” says Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D- 3). “I look forward to seeing how we can enhance the area with new ideas that will make traffic flow safer and give a new look to businesses from this point heading south.”

“I am pleased that the project now includes Greenwood Road to the Gene Snyder,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25). “This project will also recommend potential town centers which have the ability to enhance the new economic development we are already seeing on Dixie Highway.”

The Corradino Team will have at least 20 professionals that will range from surveyors to the environmental scientists, landscape architects, engineers, and project managers working on the Dixie Highway Project.

“Our design process for this project will include the development of conceptual design alternatives for how the constructed project could look,” said Joel Morrill of the Corradino Group. “Once these alternatives are evaluated based on cost, environmental impacts, sustainability, public input, and a variety of other factors, a preferred alternative will be selected and carried through full technical design and, ultimately, construction.”

“Many of us on the Council realize the time has come to modernize these distinctive historic corridors if we are to enhance growth and opportunity for the areas they serve,” says Blackwell. “Many of us grew up with Dixie Highway. This phase of the project will show us how it can be brought into the 21st Century.”

Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
David Yates (D) 25