RAISE - 9th Street | Louisville, KY

Project Overview

Louisville Metro is transforming three vital corridors: Ninth Street (Roy Wilkins Avenue), Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Chestnut Street/River Park Drive. One-way streets Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Chestnut Street from Ninth Street to Shawnee Park will become two-way by early 2025, and the Reimagine Ninth Street project includes the design and construction of the Ninth Street corridor, which runs from Main Street to Broadway.

Backed by a $15.6 million federal RAISE discretionary grant for design and construction, this project will convert Ninth Street from a six-lane thoroughfare into a less wide roadway that will safely accommodate all users of the street.

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Reimagine 9th Street presentation with script

Purpose

The Reimagine Ninth Street project creates a unique opportunity to convert a roadway that divides the city into a street that connects the community. This project will reunite neighborhoods - the Central Business District and Russell, to the greater Louisville community. It will also improve health outcomes and economic opportunity for residents who live nearby, provide safe and efficient operations for all road users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and vehicles, and create meaningful and engaging public spaces. 

Need

The Ninth Street corridor has historically represented an area of economic and community divide in Louisville. The project aspires to be the beginning of a future together that acknowledges past injustices by removing the physical barrier that represents the divide between Louisville’s west end neighborhoods and the rest of the city.

There is a need to foster a sense of community and improve the space, making it safer and more friendly for all users of the roadway.

Benefits

The Reimagine Ninth Street project will benefit the surrounding community and neighborhoods by becoming a space people want to visit. 

  • Safer conditions for all roadway users including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users and vehicular traffic.
  • Dedicated space for non-vehicular traffic.
  • More active public spaces that provide more opportunities for human interaction and economic development.
  • Opportunities to tell the history of the area through meaningful engagement spaces.
Funding

To demonstrate the importance of this project, Louisville Metro is committing nearly $5 million toward building the project, in addition to the nearly $400,000 in funds spent to date on the planning process and early environmental work. 

Louisville Metro received a $16 million federal RAISE grant in support of this project. Another nearly $4 million is being contributed from other federal sources. The total project cost is nearly $25 million.

Impacts

Traffic and construction impacts are expected during the construction phase of the project, scheduled to begin in late 2026. Construction will take one to two years to complete. LMG will do its best to minimize disruptions to traffic and local businesses during construction

Early Timeline

2016: Louisville Metro Government (LMG) finalized its long-range transportation plan, Move Louisville, in which Reimagine 9th Street was identified as a priority.

2018: Draft corridor plan completed by Gehl Associates, LMG and community representatives.

2020/2021: One-way street conversion designs completed for Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Chestnut Street.

2022: Louisville received RAISE grant to fund the design and construction of the project.

Schedule - Key Future Dates

February 22, 2024: Public Kickoff Meeting

June 2024: Concept Design Public Meeting

November 2024: Preliminary Design Public Meeting

Fall 2024/Early 2025: Two-Way Conversions

Early 2025 - Early 2026: Ali/Chestnut Two-Way Conversion Construction

May 2025 - May 2026: Final Design

May 2026 - August 2026: Construction Procurement

August 2026 - August 2028: Construction

Ways to Be Involved

The Reimagine Ninth Street Project will hold two additional public engagement meetings following this first meeting and invite the public to attend. These include the second public meeting in June, which will unveil several different concepts for the corridor and the third public meeting in November, which will display the preliminary engineering alternates. 

Provide your comments using this form or contact:

Michael King, Director of Office of Planning

[email protected]


RAISE - 9th Street | Louisville, KY

9th Street Linear Park

Louisville Metro Government was awarded a $15.58 million RAISE discretionary grant (Rebuilding America's Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) by the U.S. Department of Transportation in August 2022 to design and build the Reimagine 9th Street project. The $24.6 million Reimagine 9th Street plan will transform 9th Street from a six-lane thoroughfare into a complete street with a large pedestrian area, protected bicycle facilities, dedicated bus lanes, green infrastructure, traffic-calming measures and smart signals. Louisville Metro Government worked with internationally renowned designers Gehl Associates and community residents to complete the draft plan.

Work to finalize the designs and construction documents for Reimagine 9th Street will begin in 2023, with opportunities for further community engagement. Construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2025, with additional funding coming from local and state sources.

Reimagine 9th Street - RAISE Narrative 2022

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