Public Works & Assets Newsroom
Bike Lanes Coming to Hill Street, Grinstead Drive
Tuesday June 10, 2014
Hill Street and Grinstead Drive will be the next two Louisville Metro roadways to get bicycle lanes. Work is scheduled to begin on Hill June 11 and on Grinstead on June 23.
The new bike lanes are part of a continuing effort to expand our community’s urban bike network and will complete a doubling of bike facility mileage from 40 to 80 mile in the last twelve months.
Mayor Greg Fischer has included $300,000 for additional bike lanes in the budget he proposed for the fiscal year beginning July 1. “It’s important for a growing city to have multiple transportation options, including walking, biking, buses and cars,” Fischer said. Both projects are on local roads identified as having low motor vehicle traffic relative to their capacity.
Work on the Hill Street bike lanes is set to begin Wednesday morning, June 11. As described in public meetings at the Parkhill Community Center on April 15 and April 21, the lanes will run between Sixth and Seventeenth streets.
Existing parking restrictions on most of the corridor will be expanded to the entire stretch to allow for bike lanes in both directions that will be five feet wide and have single buffers on the motorist travel side. Appropriate signage will be added to alert cyclists and motorists along both project routes.
The Grinstead Drive project, described in public meetings April 9 and April 10 at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, runs between Stilz Avenue and Lexington Road. The road will be reduced from four motor vehicle travel lanes to two, plus a center turning lane, through most of the corridor.
That will permit bike lanes on both sides between Peterson Avenue and Crescent Court. At Interstate 64 a single bike lane will go in alongside four existing motorist travel lanes. The Grinstead bike lanes will not have buffer strips. Shared lane markings will be used to connect bicyclists from where the bike lanes end to the Beargrass Creek Trail which leads to downtown as well as Cherokee Park.