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City considers expanding 'Brownsboro Road Diet'

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The idea to reduce the four-lane stretch to two wide lanes with a continuous middle turning lane is not a new one. The idea to reduce the four-lane stretch to two wide lanes with a continuous middle turning lane is not a new one.
Jerry Durbin Jerry Durbin
On Brownsboro Rd from Ewing Ave to Hillcrest Ave is already scheduled to be re-paved next month. On Brownsboro Rd from Ewing Ave to Hillcrest Ave is already scheduled to be re-paved next month.
Tina Ward-Pugh Tina Ward-Pugh
It's been nearly a year since a portion of Brownsboro Rd was reduced down to two lanes from four. It's been nearly a year since a portion of Brownsboro Rd was reduced down to two lanes from four.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's been nearly a year since a portion of Brownsboro Rd was reduced down to two lanes from four.

The city says the project had the intended effect of increasing public safety, so now it's considering expanding the so-called "Brownsboro Road Diet."

On Brownsboro Road from Ewing Avenue to Hillcrest Avenue is already scheduled to be repaved next month. The city says the proposed striping changes would occur following this process at essentially no additional cost, but not everyone agrees this is the way to go.

For nearly three decades Jerry Durbin has been cutting hair on Brownsboro Road. Durbin owns the salon, Visible Changes and the building it's in. 

Even though he snips for a living, when he hears his section of Brownsboro Rd could be due for trim, he's not exactly sure it's a good idea. "I think it is just going to make traffic a lot worse in my opinion," said Durbin. 

The idea to reduce the four-lane stretch to two wide lanes with a continuous middle turning lane is not a new one. 

Last year this plan was completed from Dresher Bridge Ave to Ewing Ave, which included the addition of new sidewalks. Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh pushed for the project and says it worked. 

"It has actually lowered pedestrian, bicyclists, and vehicular incidents by 40 percent," said Ward-Pugh.

She says this time around, she expects more people will welcome the idea. "It's successful, so we are hopeful that people will trust that this next phase will be as successful as this one," said Ward-Pugh. 

Not everyone agrees with Ward-Pugh. Last year the group "Save42.org" argued the project would hurt businesses and pushed for crosswalks to help pedestrians.
 
One business owner, who did not want to be identified, says they have decided to move in part because of the "Brownsboro Road Diet".
 
Ward-Pugh believes this next phase will help fix a dangerous intersection at Brownsboro Rd and Hillcrest Avenue. Durbin believes simply adding a turning arrow signal could help with that. 

"It needs to be brought up," said Durbin. He plans to do so at the first public meeting.

Councilwoman Ward-Pugh along with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet urges the public to attend the meeting next Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Kentucky School for the Blind Auditorium (in the Richie Building), 1867 Frankfort Ave.

Email comments: brownsbororoaddiet@louisvilleky.gov

Metro Public Works is also accepting written comments:

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.


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