District 8, Public Works, and Office of Advanced Planning announce Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue safety study

October 16, 2017

District 8 Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, Public Works, Develop Louisville’s Office of Advanced Planning have announced the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Safety Study with the purpose of analyzing existing safety and mobility issues on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue between Broadway and Interstate 264.

The goal of the study is to identify solutions for improving safety and mobility for all users with emphasis on pedestrians and bicyclists.

A public meeting will be held on November 7 at 6 p.m. at Highlands Community Ministries (1228 E. Breckinridge Street) to present existing conditions, to describe the planning process and to hear public input on area issues and concerns.

Additional public engagement activities will be conducted throughout the process, the first of which will be a booth at the Bardstown Road CycLOUvia on October 22. Local engineering and planning firm Qk4 will be consulted during the study.

“My goal is to eliminate fatalities and severe injuries on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue,” District 8 Councilman Brandon Coan said. “That means reducing driver confusion, speeding and conflict between motorized and non-motorized users. It ought to be safe to cross the street in the Highlands, and this study with help make that a reality.”

Data points to be gathered include the number of pedestrians and vehicles using the street on a daily basis, crashes, vehicle speed, bicycle usage, and signal timing. Pedestrian facilities—such as sidewalks, crosswalks and street furniture—will be assessed to identify needs for new facilities or improvements to existing facilities. Because Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue are designated as state roadways, KYTC will be consulted about any recommended improvements. Input will be solicited from TARC on opportunities to improve transit access and amenities, and PARC will be consulted to provide input on parking considerations.

Recommendations for improvements in the study area on Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue will be presented in spring 2018 for public comment. A final report with recommendations is anticipated in fall 2018.

For more information on the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Safety Study, including an online form to accept public comment, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/bardstown-roadbaxt...