Controversial road project set to begin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The signs are up and the writing is literally on the street. Work begins on the Brownsboro Road Diet Project June 18.

"It's going to cause headaches and everything. People are going to be trying to get down through here," said William Cissell, manager of a Little Caesars along Brownsboro Road. "There's going to be construction everywhere."

The construction will be along Brownsboro Road from Drescher Bridge Avenue to Ewing Avenue. The road will be reduced from four lanes down to three to add sidewalks and cut down on traffic.

"I'm thinking it'll probably be a slowdown in business with the fact that there'll be construction going on and everybody tries to avoid construction," said Matt Hoffmann, manager of Beverage World Brownsboro.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer previously told WAVE 3 he listened to input and looked at all the data.

"In the end," Fischer said, "I came down on the side of public safety."

Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh pushed to help visually impaired residents and students.

"There's always people on foot or on bikes around here and if it's safer for people to cross some streets and what not, then I feel like it could be okay," Hoffmann said.

Other people, like Destiny Lamb, weren't as keen on the project.

"I think it's going to cause more traffic," Lamb said, "because it's making less lanes."

Less lanes are something people like Hoffmann have come to accept.

"It's going to happen now," said Hoffmann, "so you can't be too upset about it."

The project is expected to cost $400,000.

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