Rightsizing

What is Rightsizing?

Rightsizing, also called a road diet or roadway reconfiguration, is a proven safety countermeasure according to the Federal Highway Administration. Rightsizing makes our streets safer and calmer by reducing speeding and weaving between lanes. Rightsizing can also make streets more inclusive and comfortable no matter your mode of transportation. One of the most common rightsizing strategies is simply restriping a four lane street with two travel lanes in each direction into a three lane street with one travel lane in each direction and a center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL). This strategy has been proven to reduce both the number and severity of crashes.

Rightsizing Before and After

Benefits of rightsizing may include:

  • Reduced rear-end and left-turn crashes due to the dedicated left-turn lane.
  • Reduced right-angle crashes as side street motorists cross three lanes instead of four.
  • Fewer lanes for pedestrians to cross.
  • Opportunity to install pedestrian refuge islands, bike lanes, on-street parking, or transit stops.
  • Traffic calming and more consistent speeds.
  • A more community-focused, Complete Streets environment that better accommodates the needs of all road users.

Upcoming Rightsizing Projects

The following roads are expected to be rightsized:

Lexington Road (Payne St - E. Liberty St)

Background Information

  • Where: Lexington Road, between Payne Street and E. Liberty Street
  • When: Spring/Summer 2023
  • Who: Louisville Metro Public Works
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, bike lanes, and dedicated on-street parking.

View the striping plans for ALTERNATE 1 (SOUTH SIDE PARKING)

View updated plan set as of May 2023

 

Public Meetings

An in-person public meeting was held on December 7, 2022 at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana (2115 Lexington Rd).

A second in-person public meeting was held on May 10, 2023 at Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Brownsboro Road (US 42) (Mellwood Ave - Chenoweth Lane)

Background Information

  • Where: Brownsboro Road (US 42), between Mellwood Avenue and Chenoweth Lane (KY-1932)
    • Includes a portion of Mellwood Avenue (US 42) between Spring Street and Brownsboro Road
  • When: Spring 2024
  • Who: , with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, and marked shoulders.
    • Note: Brownsboro Road between Haldeman Avenue and N. Ewing Avenue was previously rightsized in 2012.
  • 7/31/2023 Update: Following public input from the public meeting and online responses, the striping plans were revised to move the lane drop further west to Mockingbird Valley Road. (The initial plans proposed the lane drop near Country Lane.) The revised plan was vetted with neighborhood representatives and elected officials. All agreed the revised plans were acceptable.
  • 9/7/2023 Update: The project will be postponed from Fall 2023 to Spring 2024 to allow for additional community discussion.

View the striping plans

Submit your feedback

View estimated Average Daily Traffic (ADT) for this corridor

Public Meeting

An in-person public meeting was held on July 6, 2023 at St. Joseph Children's Home (2823 Frankfort Ave).

View the slide deck from the July 6, 2023 public meeting

In the News

'Rightsizing' planned for Brownsboro Road in Louisville this fall, WDRB.com, July 4, 2023.

3-mile long 'rightsizing' project to hit Brownsboro Road this fall, WHAS11.com, July 5, 2023.

Battle over Brownsboro Road: Neighbors, businesses unhappy with the city's reconfiguration plans, WDRB.com, July 6, 2023.

Crowd gathers to share thoughts about potential resizing of Brownsboro Road, WHAS11.com, July 7, 2023.

Ellison Avenue (Spratt St - Barret Ave)

Background Information

  • Where: Ellison Avenue between Spratt St and Barret Ave; Spratt Street between Charles Street and Saint Michael Street.

  • When: October 2023
  • Who: Louisville Metro Government
  • Why: Improve safety and rightsize road at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • What: Street resurfacing, including a new design with bicycle lanes on Ellison Avenue and a bicycle lane on the west side of Spratt Street.

View the striping plans

Public Meeting

An in-person public meeting was held on April 11, 2023 at Highlands Community Ministries Gym (1228 E. Breckinridge Street, Louisville, KY 40204).

View slide deck from April 11, 2023 public meeting

View public survey results

View online comments submitted between April 11 - April 26, 2023

View an informational flyer about the Ellison Avenue Safety Project


Rightsizing in Louisville

Many Louisville streets have already benefited from rightsizing. Here is a map of completed and proposed rightsizing projects.

 

Map last updated: December 6, 2023


Considering Rightsizing

In order to be considered eligible for rightsizing, streets must have:

  • Four or more lanes, and
  • Average daily traffic (ADT) of less than 20,000 vehicles

Research traffic counts

Other considerations used to determine if a rightsizing project is appropriate include:

  • Crash data
  • Left-hand turning movements
  • Speeding and lane weaving
  • Pedestrian safety

Completed Rightsizing Projects

Frankfort Avenue (US 60) (Stilz Ave - Lexington Rd)

Background Information

  • Where: Frankfort Avenue (US 60), between Stilz Avenue and Lexington Road
  • When: September/October 2023
  • Who: , with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, on-street parking, and marked shoulders.

View ALTERNATE 2 striping plans for Frankfort Avenue (last updated March 10, 2023)

Public Meetings

An in-person public meeting was held on December 12, 2022 at St. Joseph Children's Home (2823 Frankfort Ave).

Another in-person public meeting was held on February 23, 2023 at Hillcrest Tavern (3212 Frankfort Ave).

A third in-person public meeting was held on March 23, 2023 at St. Joseph Children's Home (2823 Frankfort Ave).

View slide deck from March 23, 2023 public meeting.

View public comments from March 23, 2023 public meeting.

View submitted public comments received between October 27, 2022 - March 27, 2023.

In the News

Leaders plan to make changes along stretch of Frankfort Avenue to improve safety, WLKY.com, January 30, 2023.

Small business owners speak out against plan to reconfigure traffic on portion of Frankfort Avenue, WDRB.com, February 23, 2023.

Business owners concerned state plans to change Frankfort Avenue would deter customers, WHAS11.com, February 23, 2023.

Councilmember hosts public forum to discuss Frankfort Avenue's future, WHAS11.com, March 23, 2023.

Officials still seeking public input for Frankfort Avenue 'rightsizing' project, WLKY.com, March 23, 2023.

7th Street Road (US 60A) (Dixie Hwy - Manslick Rd/7th Street Rd)

Background Information

  • Where: 7th Street Road (US 60A), between Dixie Hwy (US 31W) and Manslick Rd/7th Street Rd (KY 1931)
  • When: August 2023
  • Who: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, and dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections.
S. 7th Street (Magnolia Ave - Industry Rd)

Background Information

  • Where: S. 7th Street, between Magnolia Ave and Industry Rd
  • When: August 2023 (delayed from Fall 2022)
  • Who: Louisville Metro Public Works
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, and dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections.

View the striping plans

Crash Data

Public Meetings

A virtual public meeting was held on July 7, 2022 to discuss the planned rightsizing project.

View the slide deck

An in-person public meeting was held on July 12, 2022 at McFerran Preparatory Academy (1900 S. 7th St).

Stilz Avenue (Frankfort Ave - Lexington Rd)

Background Information

  • Where: Stilz Avenue, between Frankfort Ave (US 60) and Lexington Rd (US 60A)
  • What: Reduce pedestrian crossing along Frankfort Ave at Stilz Ave and add a bike lane along part of Stilz Ave.
  • When: May/June 2023
  • Who: Louisville Metro Public Works
  • Why: Rightsize the corridor at the same time as regular maintenance.

SELECTED DESIGN: East Side Bike Lane

  • 26 responses were collected during a public comment period, which ran from March 9 to April 28. Two-thirds of respondents voted in favor of the East Side Bike Lane.
  • Supported by Crescent Hill Community Council
  • Limits removal of on-street parking to stretch along the Water Co. property
  • Connects to existing bike lane
  • Offers a consistent roadway geometry

View design for Stilz Avenue: East Side Bike Lane

Baxter Avenue (US 31E) (E. Broadway - E. Market St)

Background Information

  • Where: Baxter Avenue (US 31E), between E. Broadway (US 150) and E. Market Street (US 31E)
  • When: April/May 2023 
  • Who: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes with peak hour parking restrictions
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, removal of lane lights, dedicated on-street parking, and dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections.
Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue (US 31E) (Bonnycastle Ave - E. Broadway)

Background Information

  • Where: Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue (US 31E), between Bonnycastle Avenue (north leg) and E. Broadway (US 150)
  • When: Summer 2022 - Spring 2023
  • Who: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5 and Louisville Metro Public Works
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes with peak hour parking restrictions
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, removal of lane lights, dedicated on-street parking, and dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections. This project also included the addition of curb extensions (also known as bumpouts) at intersections to improve motorist visibility of pedestrians and prevent illegal parking, enhanced visibility at all three mid-block crossings, and new tree wells with trees planted by partnering organizations. This project stems from the Bardstown Road Safety Study, completed in December 2018.

In the News

'There's progress' | Construction resumes on Baxter Avenue after it stalled in the fall, WDRB.com, April 7, 2023.

Asphalt resurfacing project to close lanes of Bardstown Road this week, WHAS11.com, October 9, 2022.

Bardstown Road redesign project to get underway any day: What you'll see, WLKY.com, May 11, 2022.

Bardstown Road corridor to get $1 million in safety improvements, WLKY.com, August 20, 2021.

Lexington Road (US 60A) (Grinstead Dr - Stilz Ave/Garden Dr)

Background Information

  • Where: Lexington Road (US 60A), between Grinstead Drive and Stilz Avenue/Garden Drive
  • When: Spring 2020
  • Who:  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5, with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving. This configuration matches a western portion of Lexington Road between Grinstead Drive and Payne Street, which is Metro-owned and was rightsized in 2017.
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, and marked shoulders.
Southern Parkway (KY 1020) (S. 3rd St/Oakdale Ave - Woodlawn Ave/Kenwood Way)

Background Information

  • Where: Southern Parkway (KY 1020), between 3rd Street/Oakdale Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue/Kenwood Way
  • When: May 2021
  • Who:  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5, with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same as a scheduled repaving.
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, and marked shoulders.

Crash Data

Between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019, there were 218 crashes along a 1.3-mile stretch of Southern Parkway between 3rd Street/Oakdale Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue/Kenwood Way. According to the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), Southern Parkway between 3rd Street/Oakdale Avenue and I-264 ranks #32 in the Top 40 Road Segments for Crashes.

Traffic Counts

Traffic count data shows approximately 12,500 vehicles per day use Southern Parkway between 3rd Street/Oakdale Avenue and I-264. Traffic count data shows approximately 15,000 vehicles per day use Southern Parkway between I-264 and Woodlawn Avenue/Kenwood Way.

Public Meetings

A virtual public meeting was held on April 26, 2021 to discuss the planned rightsizing project.

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Watch the recording

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An in-person public meeting was held on April 28, 2021 at the gazebo at the intersection of Southern Parkway and Woodlawn Avenue.

Gathering in gazebo for Southern Parkway rightsizing public meeting on April 28, 2021.
Gathering in gazebo for Southern Parkway rightsizing public meeting on April 28, 2021.
Taylor Boulevard/Winkler Avenue (US 60A) (Berry Blvd - S. 3rd St)

Background Information

  • Where: Taylor Boulevard and Winkler Avenue (US 60A), between Berry Boulevard and S. 3rd Street
  • When: August/September 2021
  • Who:  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5, with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving.

View the striping plans

Download one-pager on the project

Crash Data

  • 732 crashes in a 5-year period (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021), 1.7 miles
  • 3 FATALITIES (2 were pedestrians), 299 injuries Top collision types: Rear end (29%), Angle (28%)
  • Over 10% of all crashes occurred at the intersection of Taylor Blvd & Central Ave

Public Meetings

A virtual public meeting was held on August 4, 2021 to discuss the planned rightsizing project.

View the slide deck

Watch the recording

An in-person public meeting was held on August 10, 2021 at the South Louisville Community Center.

In the News

City leaders working on reconfiguration plans to reduce collisions in south Louisville intersection, WDRB.com, July 16, 2021.

Public meeting to be held to solicit answers for accident-prone intersection in south Louisville, WDRB.com, August 8, 2021.

Lexington Road (US 60A) (Stilz Ave/Garden Dr - Frankfort Ave/Shelbyville Rd)

Background Information

  • Where: Lexington Road (US 60A), between Stilz Avenue/Garden Drive and Frankfort Avenue/Shelbyville Road (US 60)
  • When: October 2021
  • Who:  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 5, with public outreach conducted by Louisville Metro Government.
  • Why: Improve safety at the same time as a scheduled repaving.
  • Pre-rightsizing: Four (4) travel lanes
  • Post-rightsizing: Two (2) travel lanes, a center turn lane, dedicated left-turn lanes at signalized intersections, and marked shoulders.

View the striping plans

Crash Data

  • 251 crashes in a 5-year period (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021), 1.3 miles
  • 54 injuries
  • Top collision types: Angle (31%), Rear end (20%)
  • Nearly half of all crashes occurred in the four blocks between Bauer and Frankfort avenues. In other words, 17% of the road segment accounted for 47% of all crashes. Safety improvements were evaluated for this stretch of Lexington Road over 30 years ago. At the Vogue Center, head-on parking was replaced with protected angled parking when it was redeveloped around 2005.

Public Meetings

A virtual public meeting was held on September 14, 2021.

View the slide deck

In the News

Construction project to make Lexington Road safer to continue in the coming weeks, WDRB.com, September 14, 2021.

 

Last updated: December 6, 2023

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