Since April of 2020, the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Reversible Lane Light System has been operating in the “off-peak” traffic plan, permitting parking during the hours 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm weekdays. The purpose of implementing this trial period is to test recommendations from the Bardstown/Baxter Safety Study that was completed in 2018. Since making this adjustment, no major issues with traffic operations or safety within the corridor have been recognized. Louisville Forward, Public Works and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) continue to explore options for implementing other recommendations from the study. This past week, the no stopping signs were removed to eliminate confusion and allowing on-street parking for businesses at all times. If the street continues to operate safely and efficiently in this configuration, we plan to continue to implement additional recommendations (including full-time parking, new turning lanes and improved pedestrian crossings) from the 2018 Bardstown Rd/Baxter Ave Safety Study with input from residents, businesses and partner agencies. The ultimate goal is to make this a better and safer corridor for all modes of traffic (pedestrians, vehicles, transit, etc.). Next steps will likely include the installation of temporary pavement markings to better clarify the lane assignments and delineate new left turn lanes at those critical signalized intersections where separate turn lanes are needed. If the street continues to operate safely and efficiently, additional work is expected to occur in the fall/winter of 2020-21. Information about the Bardstown Road Safety Study, its planning process and supplemental data are linked below.
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PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND SURVEYS
Like any planning process, it is vital that the public play an integral role in planning for the future of their community. Louisville Metro and QK4 have conducted multiple public engagement opportunities to garner feedback form the public on how to best improve safety along the corridor.
Public Survey #1 - Louisville Metro staff and their consultants created an online survey in late October 2107 that posed initial questions to the public about how people use the corridor and their safety. Click here for survey results
Public Meeting #1 - The first public meeting was held on Novemebr 7, 2017 and served as a kickoff meeting aimed at determining all the issues (good and bad) along the corridor and some initial possible solutions. Click here for presentation
Public Meeting #2 - The second meeting (April 19, 2018) was an opportunity for the public to see some of the initial concepts that could potentially be implemented to immprove safety along the corridor. Click here for presentation