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.


Before & After Renderings

Master Plan (2001)  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Diagram
Algonquin Parkway Industrial Zone from Chickasaw Park to 41st Street






 Algonquin Parkway from Park DuValle to 41st Street 






 Proposed Parkway Road Diet








 Southern Parkway Service Drives 






 Southern Parkway Shared Use Path 






  Algonquin (Winkler to Cane Run)
  Algonquin & Southwestern Parkway (Cane Run to Broadway)
  Southern Parkway (3rd Street to New Cut)

  Olmsted Parkways Multi-Use Pathways Presentation

Project Library

 Chapter 1: Parkways History
 Chapter 2: Project Process
 Chapter 3: Previous Studies
 Chapter 4: Existing Conditions
 Chapter 5: Design Recommendations
 Chapter 6: Project Implementation

 Presentation from June 14, 2007 public meeting (4.56 MB)
 Presentation from October 28, 2007 public meeting (48 MB)


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