Thursday July 18, 2013
Would improve safety, mobility and calm traffic
Building on the success of the Brownsboro Road Diet, which has improved pedestrian and traffic safety in the Clifton and Clifton Heights neighborhoods, the city is considering expanding the project to Hillcrest Avenue.
The diet, which would reduce the four-lane stretch to two wide lanes with a continuous middle turning lane, would be completed in conjunction with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which is planning to repave Brownsboro Road next month.
The city, the state and Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh are hosting a public meeting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at The Kentucky School for the Blind to gather input on the potential project. The city is also seeking written comments (details below).
Brownsboro Road is scheduled for repaving from Ewing Ave east to Hillcrest Ave.
The proposed plan would be an extension of the existing “road diet” striping plan that was completed in August 2012 from Dresher Bridge to Ewing Avenue, which included the addition of new sidewalks.
Because Brownsboro Road was already scheduled for repaving, the proposed striping changes would occur following the repaving process to change the configuration at essentially no additional cost.
Since its completion, accidents on Brownsboro Road within the original road diet area have dropped 40% without adding appreciable delays to daily commutes. These findings are consistent with several recently-completed projects and studies throughout the United States of where road diet alternatives proved successful in improving both safety and operations along various corridors.
The conversions not only improved the mobility for motorists but also for non-motorized users such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Metro officials predict that the proposed reconfiguration would similarly improve safety and mobility as well as reduce speeding and crashes.
Prior to making a final determination, Louisville Metro and the Transportation Cabinet are seeking input from the public, residents and affected business owners.
Have your voice heard
Public meeting — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 at The Kentucky School for the Blind Auditorium (in the Richie Building), 1867 Frankfort Ave.
Email comments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brownsboro Road Diet Comments
c/o Metro Public Works
444. S. 5th Street Suite 400
Louisville, KY 40202
The comment period will close Sunday, August 4.
For more information on road diets, visit http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/provencountermeasures/fhwa_sa_12_013.htm