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Olmsted Parkways Shared-Use Path

The Olmsted Parkways Shared-Use Path System project will create improved pedestrian and bicycle opportunities along approximately 7.8 miles of the parkways that link the major Olmsted parks in Louisville as well as the numerous neighborhoods that these parkways traverse. The parkways included in this project are:

  • the entire length of Algonquin Parkway
  • Southwestern Parkway from Gilmore Lane north to Broadway at Shawnee Park
  • the entire length of Southern Parkway

The project is being supported by Louisville Metro Government, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and several federal multimodal transportation grants. Metro Parks has secured funds through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant program and Surface Transportation Program (SLO) grant program to support future construction of the shared-use path. Most of these grants will be matched using budgeted Louisville Metro Government funds.

Specific improvements considered in this project include:

  • off road shared-use path facilities that will accommodate pedestrians and bicycles
  • service drives paralleling sections of parkway to be shared by pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles accessing individual driveways
  • a lane reduction road diet that will allow for safer vehicular operation and left turn efficiencies as well as provide for bicycle lanes
  • intersection improvements to create safer conditions for pedestrians and bicycles
  • pedestrian-friendly amenities like benches, trash receptacles, drinking fountains, and appropriately-scaled lighting

These improvements were identified in the 2009 Olmsted Parkways Shared Use Pathways master plan, a year-long process which included a series of seven public meetings in 2007. These meetings involved residents, public officials, neighborhood associations, business associations, and other stakeholders. The resulting plan outlined a comprehensive range of solutions to correct long-term issues on the parkways and increase pedestrian and bicycle opportunities along these community connections.

PROJECT DOCUMENTS PRESENTED AT PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:

Before & After Renderings
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Algonquin Parkway Industrial Zone from Chickasaw Park to 41st Street

Icon to indiciate PDF files  Algonquin Parkway from Park DuValle to 41st Street

Icon to indiciate PDF files  Proposed Parkway Road Diet

Icon to indiciate PDF files  Southern Parkway Service Drives

Icon to indiciate PDF files  Southern Parkway Shared Use Path

Maps
Icon to indiciate PDF files  Algonquin (Winkler to Cane Run)
Icon to indiciate PDF files  Algonquin & Southwestern Parkway (Cane Run to Broadway)
Icon to indiciate PDF files  Southern Parkway (3rd Street to New Cut)

PowerPoint
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Olmsted Parkways Multi-Use Pathways Presentation

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2009 MASTER PLAN DOCUMENTS:
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 Acknowledgements
Icon to indiciate PDF files Preface
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 1: Parkways History
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 2: Project Process
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 3: Previous Studies
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 4: Existing Conditions
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 5: Design Recommendations
Icon to indiciate PDF files Chapter 6: Project Implementation

2007 PUBLIC MEETING PRESENTATIONS:
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 Presentation from June 14, 2007 public meeting (4.56 MB)
Icon to indiciate PDF files Presentation from October 28, 2007 public meeting (48 MB)




*If you have questions or comments about this project, contact the project team.