Road projects will increase safety, add bike lanes

Published: Apr. 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM EDT
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From Mayor's Press Office

LOUISVILLE, KY - Four projects to be completed this spring will improve road safety along sections of Grinstead Drive, Breckinridge Street, Kentucky Street and Hill Street.

In the case of Grinstead Drive and Hill Street, these roads that now have four driving lanes will be reconfigured to a single driving lane in each direction, a center turning lane and one bicycle lane in each direction. Breckinridge and Kentucky Streets will be reconfigured from three driving lanes during peak hours and two driving lanes during off-peak hours to two driving lanes during peak hours, a single driving lane during off-peak hours, and a bicycle lane.

These roadway reconfigurations are a proven way to increase safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic tends to move at reduced speed but with greater efficiency because of not having to stop behind drivers waiting to make left turns. Drivers face fewer blind spots because they face only one lane of opposing traffic at a time, reducing crashes up to 34 percent.

Pedestrians also benefit from fewer blind spots along with having to cross only three lanes of traffic instead of four. Bike lanes provide cyclists with the same benefits as pedestrians and allow them to move more safely in parallel with automobile traffic. There is also a benefit to local businesses as drivers are more likely to notice them under the reconfigured conditions.

Two public meetings will be held in advance of each project to inform motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and to listen to their concerns. The projects and their public meetings are:

Grinstead Drive from Stilz Avenue to Lexington Road: Meetings will be at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue

  • April 9, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • April 10, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Breckinridge Street from Barret Avenue to 7th Street and Kentucky Street from 8th Street to Barret Avenue: Meetings will be at the Shelby Community Center, 600 E. Oak Street

  • April 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
  • April 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hill Street from 6th Street to 17th Street: Meetings will be at the Parkhill Community Center, 1703 S. 13th Street

  • April 15, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • April 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.