'Dixie Do Over' project to expand past Gene Snyder

'Dixie Do Over' project to expand past Gene Snyder

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – City officials are spreading the reach of the Dixie Do Over Project by more than five miles.
 
During a community meeting Wednesday evening, Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, who represent District 14, reassured Valley Station neighbors who live south of the Gene Snyder Freeway that the project will reach them.
 
The replacement project for the existing 13 miles construction is underway, starting at the first section between Orell Road and Bethany Lane. Workers will not pave during the winter months, but are scheduled to pick back up in the spring. The rest of the highway will be repaved by sections. All sections, including Orell Road down to Salt River, will be repaved by the end of 2016.

Being from that area, Fowler said her community has always felt left out. Now, she is excited Dixie Highway is receiving the attention it deserves.

"It is long overdue," she said.
 
The entire Dixie Do Over project consists of repaving, beautification, improved stop light technology for a quicker commute and various bus transit routes.
 
Nearly $13 million from the city has help fund the existing project, along with a $17 million T.I.G.E.R grant that is only given to a few cities across the nation.
 
This development project will be completed in three phases, starting with Crums Lane to Rockford Lane, followed by Rockford Lane to Greenwood Road and ending with Greenwood Road to Stonestreet. The revitalization will increase business and economic growth in the southwest Louisville, according to Councilman David Yates, who represents District 25.
 
"If I'm a developer and I'm going to put my money there, I want a place where it is going to be safe and we have finally delivered that," Yates said. "I think we're going to have some major changes over the next five or six years in this major corridor."
 
The safety changes include raised medians, which will help pedestrians cross Dixie and prevent drivers from crossing lanes.
 
"Hopefully we move more from the reputation of 'Dixie Die Way,' to more of a Dixie Boulevard," said Councilman Rick Blackwell, who represents District 12.
 
The entire project is expected to take at least six more years.

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