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    River Road Corridor Plan
 Seneca Park Loop

Louisville Metro’s transportation system shall accommodate and balance a broad range of factors within all transportation and development projects, both new and retrofit, including design, planning, maintenance, and operations, for the entire right of way. The goal of this policy is to develop a multi-modal network that manages the demand for travel and improves the efficiency of the community’s transportation system as envisioned in Cornerstone 2020. This policy ensures that the following objectives are achieved in future transportation projects:

  • Bicycle and pedestrian ways shall be established in new construction and reconstruction projects unless one or more of three conditions are met:
    • Bicyclists and pedestrians are prohibited by law from using the roadway. In this instance, a greater effort may be necessary to accomodate bicyclists and pedestrians elsewhere within the right of way or within the same transportation corridor.
    • The cost of establishing bikeways or walkways would be excessively disproportionate to the need or probable use. Excessively disproportionate is defined as exceeding twenty percent of the cost of the larger transportation project. This twenty percent figure should be used in an advisory rather than an absolute sense.
    • Where the street has severe topographic or natural resource constraints.
  • In rural areas, shoulders should be included in all new construction and reconstruction roadway projects unless the addition of shoulders is constrained by existing topographic and/or natural features. Shoulders have safety and operational advantages for all road users in addition to the potential future use as facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians as rural roads develop. 
  • Sidewalks, shared-use paths, street crossings (including over- and undercrossings), pedestrian signals, signs, street furniture, transit stops and facilities, and all connecting pathways shall be designed, constructed, operated, and maintainted so that all pedestrians, including people with disabilities, can travel safely and independently. 
  • The design and development of the transportation infrastructure shall be designed to be sensitive to its context and character of the built or natural environment. 
  • The design and construction of new facilities that meet the criteria in item 1 above should anticipate likely future demand for bicycling and walking facilities and not preclude the provision of future improvements. For example, a bridge that is likely to remain in place for 50 years might be built with sufficient width for safe bicycle and pedestrian use in anticipation that facilities will be available at either end of the bridge even if that is not currently the case. 
  • The design and construction of new transportation infrastructure shall address the need for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross corridors as well as travel along them. Even where bicyclists and pedestrians may not commonly use a particular travel corridor that is being improved or constructed, they will likely need to be able to cross that corridor safely and conveniently. Therefore, the design of intersections and interchanges shall accomodate bicyclists and pedestrians in a manner that is safe, accessible, and convenient. 
  • New transportation and reconstruction projects shall adhere to design criteria identified within the Complete Streets Manual.

To learn more, visit our Complete Streets webpage on the Bike Louisville website.