Vision Zero Louisville

Vision Zero Louisville is Louisville's transportation safety initiative. We believe traffic deaths are preventable, and our vision is zero roadway fatalities by 2050. Vision Zero Louisville is managed by Louisville Metro Public Works, in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. We utilize the Safe System Approach, recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which prioritizes the prevention of fatal and serious injury crashes. To do this, we must 1) accommodate human error in the design and operation of our transportation system, 2) proactively identify and address dangerous roadway conditions, 3) encourage the safe use of the transportation system, and 4) reduce the risk of death through multi-layered safety measures. The five strategies of the Safe System Approach - Safer Roads, Safer Speeds, Safer People, Safer Vehicles, and Post-Crash Care - represent a multi-layered, holistic approach to transportation safety necessary to prevent roadway deaths.

 

Updates

  • April 2024: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will host a second public meeting on Wednesday, April 24 to gather feedback on proposed safety improvements along Taylor Boulevard and New Cut Road (KY-1865) between the Watterson Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway. A public meeting was held last September to hear from residents about their concerns, including speeding and pedestrian safety. KYTC is using crash data, traffic data, and community input to take steps aimed at reducing the number of fatal and serious injury crashes along Taylor Boulevard and New Cut Road while improving access for all users. The corridor was recently ranked fifth among Louisville’s 53 most dangerous roadways, according to Vision Zero Louisville, the city’s transportation safety initiative.

KY 1865 Public Meeting April 2024 Flyer
  • April 2024: Vision Zero Louisville released its second annual report, outlining steps Louisville Metro Public Works and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are taking to reduce fatal crashes in Louisville. In 2022, Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance calling for zero traffic fatalities by 2050. The annual report is a requirement of the ordinance.

Read the Vision Zero Louisville 2023 Annual Report.

  • March 2024: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hosted a public meeting on March 19 at Louisville Slugger Field for phase one of its "Main Remade" project. The project is designed to improve safety and accessibility along one of downtown Louisville’s key business, residential, and tourism corridors – Main Street. Phase one of the project will convert Main Street from the current one-way street into a two-way street between Wenzel Street and 2nd Street. In addition to the one-way to two-way configuration, other improvements to the corridor include upgrades to crosswalks and intersections, a protected bike lane, dedicated left-turn lanes, and new traffic signals. Improvements will occur in three phases with construction on phase one expected to begin as soon as late 2024. Throughout construction, Main Street will remain open to traffic.

Main Remade logo
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  • February 2024: The application window is now open for the third round of U.S. Department of Transportation's Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant. The SS4A program funds transportation safety projects that will reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries. Louisville Metro Public Works has already won two implementation (construction) grants totaling over $28 million. We will use the newly released High Injury Network to identify project opportunities in seeking a third implementation grant. The application deadline for implementation grants is May 16, 2024. For more information, please visit our Safe Streets and Roads for All page.

  • January 2024: Vision Zero Louisville released its first-ever High Injury Network, which identifies non-interstate roadway segments that account for a disproportionate amount of a community's fatal and serious injury crashes. Developing a High Injury Network is a national best practice among Vision Zero communities, and was one of Vision Zero Louisville's recent goals to support its Safer Roads strategy. The High Injury Network allows communities to focus limited resources on improving safety along those high priority, dangerous corridors. For more information, visit our High Injury Network page.

Map of High Injury Network in Louisville, KY
Map of High Injury Network in Louisville, KY
  • December 2023: Louisville Metro Public Works was awarded a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Implementation Grant to fund the two-way conversion of 2nd and 3rd Street between W. Broadway and W. Cardinal Blvd. The $7.5 million federal grant will be matched with $2.5 million from Louisville Metro Government and $2.5 million from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The project prioritizes equitable investment to address the safety needs of underserved communities, with 100% of the project located in a Justice40 area. For more information, visit our Safe Streets and Roads for All page.

SS4A 2023 Preliminary Plan Sheet 2nd and 3rd Streets
Crash data and preliminary plan sheet for safety improvements on 2nd and 3rd Streets near W. Cardinal Blvd.
  • November 2023: Families of crash victims and elected representatives gathered at The DELTA Foundation (2508 Portland Ave) on November 19 for Louisville's second annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The internationally recognized event is held on the third Sunday in November to honor those who have lost their lives or been impacted by roadway crashes. Attendees heard from a daughter who lost her mother and four mothers who lost sons to deadly crashes in Louisville. Mayor Craig Greenberg and Kentucky Representative Rachel Roarx spoke in support of roadway safety measures, such as state legislation allowing automated speed enforcement. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speed safety cameras are proven to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks at Louisville's second annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, November 19, 2023.
Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks at Louisville's second annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, November 19, 2023.

Local media coverage:

WLKY: "Louisville families impacted by deadly car crashes continue to advocate for change," November 19, 2023.

WHAS: "Families of crash victims advocate for change on World Day of Remembrance," November 19, 2023.

  • October 2023: Louisville Metro Public Works transportation planners Claire Yates and Nate Keltch spoke with members of Streets for People at one of the group's monthly meet-up events. Streets for People is a grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for safe and convenient walking, biking, and transit. Claire provided updates on Vision Zero Louisville projects and programs, and Nate provided updates on Louisville's Complete Streets program.

Public Works at Streets for People October 2023 meet up
Streets for People meet-up, October 18, 2023
  • September 2023: Safer Speeds is one of the five pillars of the Safe System Approach, which prioritizes safety and human vulnerability in the design and operation of a transportation system. Speeding increases both the frequency and severity of crashes and is a significant contributor to traffic deaths. Therefore, Louisville Metro Public Works, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), and consulting firm WSP recently began work on a Speed Management Plan for Jefferson County, which will guide Vision Zero Louisville's speed management strategy. The plan will recommend policies and practices to mitigate excessive speeding on surface streets and improve the survivability rate of all road users. The plan is funded by KYTC's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and is expected to be completed by next summer.

Learn more about Safer Speeds in Louisville.

  • August 2023: Vision Zero Louisville has been recognized as a Vision Zero community by the national Vision Zero Network. Vision Zero Network is a collaborative, nonprofit campaign helping communities set and reach the goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries among all road users. "We look forward to working with Vision Zero Louisville to help the city achieve its goal of safe mobility for all. We commend them for their hard work, commitment, and engagement thus far," said Tiffany Smith, Program Manager with the Vision Zero Network.

Vision Zero Network logo
  • July 2023: Louisville Metro Public Works, in partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Palmer Engineering, submitted its second Safe Streets and Roads for All grant application. If awarded, the grant would fund safety improvements on 2nd and 3rd Street between W. Broadway and W. Cardinal Blvd in historic Old Louisville. The improvements would include converting the streets from one-way to two-way, installing curb extensions at signalized intersections to discourage speeding and reduce pedestrian crossing distance, and improving lighting. Award announcements are expected to be made in December 2023. Louisville Metro recently won a Safe Streets and Roads for All grant to "rightsize" 10 roadways in Louisville. For more information, please visit our Safe Streets and Roads for All page.

Second and Oak Street facing north June 26 2023
Second and Oak Street, facing north, June 26, 2023.
  • May 2023: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched a Road Safety Assessment initiative for fatal and serious injury pedestrian crashes in Jefferson County. The road safety assessments, conducted by state and local transportation engineers and planners, include biweekly field visits to crash sites and developing both site-specific and system-wide recommendations to improve roadway safety.

VRU Road Safety Assessment May 3, 2023
  • April 2023: Claire Yates (Vision Zero Louisville Program Manager) and Amanda Deatherage (Transportation Planner Supervisor) presented on Vision Zero Louisville at the 2023 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference, hosted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the University of Kentucky's Kentucky Transportation Center.

    Presenting on Vision Zero Louisville at 2023 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference
  • April 2023: The U.S. Department of Transportation released its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the next round of Safe Streets & Roads for All (SS4A) grant funding. The application deadline is July 10. Award announcements are expected to be made in late 2023. In February, Louisville won a $21 million SS4A implementation grant to reduce the number of roadway fatalities and serious injuries on 10 corridors.

For more information, visit our Safe Streets and Roads for All page.

  • March 2023: Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Public Works and Assets was selected to receive a Special Achievement in GIS award for maps and visualizations for Vision Zero Louisville, the city’s transportation safety initiative. The award is given by Esri, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) platform provider, to user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology. Last year, approximately 100 organizations in the U.S. received the award, including two in Kentucky. 

  • March 2023: Vision Zero Louisville released its first annual report, outlining steps the city is taking to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes in Louisville. Louisville Metro Council unanimously passed an ordinance last year calling for zero traffic fatalities by 2050. The annual report is a requirement of the ordinance.

"We must do everything in our power to make our roads safer for everyone, regardless of how you travel. Vision Zero is a new way of thinking, and it is achievable. For this reason, I will be working with our Department of Public Works to make Vision Zero a top priority," said Mayor Craig Greenberg.

Read the Vision Zero Louisville 2022 Annual Report.

  • February 2023: Louisville Metro Government's Center for Health Equity published Improving Public Safety Through Automated Enforcement, a policy brief on the topic. The brief identifies lessons learned from other cities and ways to reduce inequities when implementing an automated enforcement program.

Read the Improving Public Safety Through Automated Enforcement policy brief.

  • February 2023: Louisville Metro Government was awarded a $21 million Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to fund safety improvements for 10 corridors in Louisville. The grant will be augmented by local and state investment for a total of nearly $27 million. This grant program advances Louisville's Vision Zero initiative to eliminate roadway fatalities by 2050. The rightsizing strategy for these 10 corridors is a Federal Highway Administration proven safety countermeasure. Rightsizing, also called a road diet or roadway reconfiguration, calms traffic and reduces speeding and weaving between lanes. Safer Speeds is one of five pillars of the Safe System Approach, which prioritizes safety and human vulnerability in the design and operation of a transportation system. Speeding increases both the frequency and severity of crashes and is a significant contributor to traffic deaths.

For more information, visit our Safe Streets and Roads for All page.

For more information, visit our Automated Enforcement page.

  • December 2022: Safer Speeds is a pillar of the Safe System Approach, as reducing speeds is key to reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Therefore, Metro has begun a speed limit audit for Metro-owned roadways. Only seven (7) Metro-owned roadways have a posted speed limit greater than 35 MPH. These 7 roadways will be evaluated and considered for a speed limit reduction.

For more information, visit our Safer Speeds page.

  • November 2022: Transportation safety advocates and elected officials gathered for a vigil at Iroquois Park on November 20 to commemorate Louisville's first annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The coalition is advocating for state legislation that enables the use of automated enforcement. A bill is expected to be filed in the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly's Regular Session, which begins in January. World Day of Remembrance is an international event, started in 1995 and adopted by the UN in 2005, honoring those killed on our roads each year and organizing for change to save lives.

"This event gives us an opportunity to come together, support each other in our pain, and demand change. No reset button can be pressed to bring back those killed, but the best way to honor them is by making our streets safer."

- Janet Heston, President of Matthew's Bridge, Inc.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2022_1
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Louisville, KY, November 20, 2022
  • October 2022: The Taylor / New Cut Network team, led by the Southwest Dream Team and residents, has partnered with Louisville Metro Public Works, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and TARC to improve safety along the dangerous corridor. A state-funded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project is underway, led by consulting firm Burgess & Niple. Key points of the project include:
    • Project Scope: Taylor Blvd/New Cut Rd (KY 1865) between I-264/W. Ashland Ave and Southside Dr/3rd Street Rd.
    • Current Phase: Existing conditions analysis, including collecting traffic count and crash data.
    • Upcoming Phase: Conceptual designs in collaboration with residents and stakeholders.
    • Projects in progress include implementing Leading Pedestrian Interval, improving lighting, enhancing TARC transfer point at W. Kenwood Drive, and achieving ADA compliance at Park Road.

 

  • September 2022: Louisville Metro Government submitted its application for the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. The discretionary grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to support projects that reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries. For more information on Louisville's application and proposed projects, please click the button below.

Learn more about Louisville's SS4A grant application

  • August 2022: Louisville was awarded $20.5 million in federal RAISE grants to fund Reimagine 9th Street and Broadway All the Way! Both were identified as priority projects through Move Louisville, the city's 20-year transportation plan. A master plan for Preston Street/Highway, which was also identified in Move Louisville, is currently underway.
    • A $15.5 million implementation grant will help fund final design and construction of the Reimagine 9th Street project. The project, with an estimated total cost of $24.6 million, 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 conceptual 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.
9th Street Linear Park

 

Reimagine 9th Street

A $5 million planning grant will help fund design work for Broadway All the Way, making that project shovel-ready. Broadway All the Way will transform one of the city's most critical, and deadly, streets into a complete street with premium transit service.

Rendering of design concepts for Broadway All the Way

 

Construction on Bardstown Road near Longest Avenue, September 2022
Construction on Bardstown Road near Longest Avenue, September 2022

 


Last updated: April 17, 2024

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