Traffic on N. Hubbards Lane near the intersection of Shelbyville Road.
Councilman Ken Fleming
The intersection of S. Hubbards Lane at Briarwood Road, just north of Waggener Traditional High School.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With so many things packed into increasingly busy days, sitting in traffic is about the last thing anyone wants to do. Avoiding that is behind changes coming to a St. Matthews neighborhood, but not everyone is pleased. The focus is on Hubbards Lane all the way from Westport Road to Kresge Way.
The plan is to make sure there are adequate travel lanes for shoppers to the new or expanded St. Matthews businesses and neighborhoods. The Metro is considering several options, but Public Works says all of them involve adding a third, turning lane on North Hubbards from Westport Road to Shelbyville Road.
One person who lived there was happy about the change. She hopes it makes her life easier. However, another was concerned that it would actually draw more traffic and cause more accidents on the residential road. Councilman Ken Fleming (R-District 7), who represents the area, said this is about weighing the concerns of people who use Hubbards with the people who live on the street.
"It is heavily used," Fleming said. "Traffic is backed up significantly from Shelbyville Road really up and almost to the railroad tracks, going both directions."
Metro Public Works says that while the people who live along North Hubbards may have been treating all of the area in front of their homes as their property, actually the expansion will only involve public right of ways. The Metro won't have to buy any land to make the changes.
Another stretch of Hubbards from Shelbyville south to Kresge Way is slated to get bike lanes and better sidewalks. Fleming says this will be especially important for the school kids in the area who go to Waggener Traditional High and St. Matthews Elementary Schools.
Anyone who wants more information or to give feedback about what these proposals would mean can attend a public meeting. It will be January 29 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity High School auditorium, 4011 Shelbyville Road.
Fleming says this area was a target of KIPDA - the regional planning agency - which identified Hubbards Lane as a hot spot in Jefferson County that needed some improvements.