Vision Zero Louisville

Vision Zero is a Safe System Approach to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries through safer streets, safer speeds, safer vehicles, and safer people. It's also a new way of thinking, prioritizing public safety, equity, and sustainability, over vehicle speed and motorist convenience. Since 2014, over 900 people have died on Louisville's roadways. This loss of life is unacceptable. Louisville Metro Government believes traffic deaths are preventable. Our vision is to eliminate traffic deaths on our streets by 2050.

 

Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Louisville, KY, November 20, 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

 

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

    Broadway All the Way

     

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

     

    • The Taylor / New Cut Network team, led by the Southwest Dream Team, Council District 21 Representative Nicole George, 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 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.

    Join the Taylor / New Cut Network Team

     

    • TARC is developing a long-range plan for the future of public transit and mobility in the Louisville region called TARC Tomorrow. The plan includes six "Big Ideas" that provide the framework for TARC to move forward. The plan is anticipated to be finalized in Fall 2022.

    Learn more about TARC Tomorrow

     

    Last updated: January 17, 2023

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