Neighbors review Dixie Do-Over plans to make Dixie Highway safer

Neighbors review Dixie Do-Over plans to make Dixie Highway safer
Vince Jarboe (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Vince Jarboe (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The long-awaited phase one of the "Dixie Do-Over" is scheduled to begin in Spring 2015.

Neighbors have a chance to chance to check out the latest designs and plans during public meeting Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at National College on Dixie Highway.

The first phase of the project is between Rockford and Crums Lanes, which includes the Watterson Expressway interchange.

"This will calm traffic. It'll slow down traffic. And it'll have more pronounced sidewalks so (pedestrians) can cross at the areas they should be crossing and hopefully fatalities will decrease," said Vince Jarboe, president of the Southwest Dream Team.

Jarboe said there haven't been significant improvements on Dixie Highway, considered one of the most dangerous roads in Louisville, for more than 30 years.

"When developers come in to develop some of the older properties and land on Dixie Highway, there will be improved infrastructure," he said.

The project will be state funded and includes adding medians and wider sidewalks.

Neighbors have a chance to learn more about the first phase of the project Tuesday night, one business owners hope will attract developers and like-minded entrepreneurs.

"We think that will help not only with the safety but also the economic development of the area," Jarboe said.

The first phase is expected to cost $7 million of the projected $40 million project.

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