Kentucky Transportation Cabinet commits $1 million for Bardstown Road Corridor safety improvements

August 20, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong and Gov. Andy Beshear today announced $1 million to improve pedestrian safety and ensure efficient traffic flow along the Bardstown Road corridor.

The funds will be allocated through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Highway Safety Improvement Program to implement lane configuration changes that better serve motorist needs and boost pedestrian safety. 

Several changes have taken place in sections of the corridor since November 2020. This preliminary work was implemented to monitor traffic flow and infrastructure. Based on that initial work, KYTC and Metro Public Works will be completing a final operational review of the corridor in late October. Following the review, KYTC will finalize in-house design plans in anticipation of work beginning in summer 2022. Striping, pedestrian improvements and resurfacing is planned to be completed by winter of next year.

“I am thrilled that our community will receive this substantial investment to implement the Bardstown/Baxter Safety Study,” Councilwoman Chambers Armstrong (District 8) said. “This funding will make an immense difference toward a safer Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue for residents and businesses alike. My thanks to KYTC for investing vital resources in one of the most important commercial corridors in Louisville and my gratitude to former Councilman Brandon Coan for pushing for these improvements.”

The Mayor added: “We want every resident to get where they need to go efficiently and safely, no matter the mode of transportation. We appreciate the continued support and partnership with KYTC so we can address long-needed safety challenges along one of our city’s most iconic corridors.”

“Bardstown Road is a major artery through Louisville with schools, businesses, cars, pedestrians and cyclists and we want to improve safety for all of them along this important route,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have been working throughout the commonwealth to improve safety and infrastructure and this $1 million commitment is another step toward improving safety on our roadways.”

Matt Bullock, District 5 Dept. of Highways chief district engineer, said “the goal of this project is to improve safety throughout the Bardstown Road corridor.

“This type of lane reconfiguration has been successfully implemented in Kentucky and across the United States as a proven roadway innovation. The addition of designated turn lanes at signalized intersections will help reduce the potential for rear-end collisions and sideswipes when vehicles are stopped to make left turns.”

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey said: “We’ve been working hard with residents, city officials, and the Transportation Cabinet to help revitalize the Bardstown Road corridor. These much-needed improvements will benefit pedestrians, bikes, and businesses and keep everyone safer.”

Since 2020, KYTC District 5 has partnered with Louisville Metro Public Works and the Transportation Authority of River City (TARC) to enhance the Bardstown Road Corridor (US 31E) between Eastern Parkway (US 60 A) and Broadway (US 150) based on the results of a 2018 safety study conducted by Louisville Metro Public Works.

After reviewing the corridor, the needs of the motoring public, the desires of the community and safety study data, Louisville Metro Public Works and transportation officials recommended a Roadway Reallocation project. This project will consist of:

  • Removal of overhead reversible lane assignment lights/signs and installation of improved signage
  • Updating current pedestrian facilities with curb extensions and crosswalks to address safety concerns and ensure Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance
  • Modifying the corridor from four reversible lanes to two driving lanes thereby increasing the quantity of 24-hour on-street parking locations to address the needs of local businesses and residents
  • Provide designated turn lanes at signalized intersections with high left turn demands
  • Roadway resurfacing and new striping installation to accommodate all pedestrian safety improvements

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet commits $1 million for Bardstown Road Corridor safety improvements

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2021) — Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Cassie Chambers Armstrong and Gov. Andy Beshear today announced $1 million to improve pedestrian safety and ensure efficient traffic flow along the Bardstown Road corridor.

The funds will be allocated through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Highway Safety Improvement Program to implement lane configuration changes that better serve motorist needs and boost pedestrian safety. 

Several changes have taken place in sections of the corridor since November 2020. This preliminary work was implemented to monitor traffic flow and infrastructure. Based on that initial work, KYTC and Metro Public Works will be completing a final operational review of the corridor in late October. Following the review, KYTC will finalize in-house design plans in anticipation of work beginning in summer 2022. Striping, pedestrian improvements and resurfacing is planned to be completed by winter of next year.

“I am thrilled that our community will receive this substantial investment to implement the Bardstown/Baxter Safety Study,” Councilwoman Chambers Armstrong (District 8) said. “This funding will make an immense difference toward a safer Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue for residents and businesses alike. My thanks to KYTC for investing vital resources in one of the most important commercial corridors in Louisville and my gratitude to former Councilman Brandon Coan for pushing for these improvements.”

The Mayor added: “We want every resident to get where they need to go efficiently and safely, no matter the mode of transportation. We appreciate the continued support and partnership with KYTC so we can address long-needed safety challenges along one of our city’s most iconic corridors.”

“Bardstown Road is a major artery through Louisville with schools, businesses, cars, pedestrians and cyclists and we want to improve safety for all of them along this important route,” said Gov. Beshear. “We have been working throughout the commonwealth to improve safety and infrastructure and this $1 million commitment is another step toward improving safety on our roadways.”

Matt Bullock, District 5 Dept. of Highways chief district engineer, said “the goal of this project is to improve safety throughout the Bardstown Road corridor.

“This type of lane reconfiguration has been successfully implemented in Kentucky and across the United States as a proven roadway innovation. The addition of designated turn lanes at signalized intersections will help reduce the potential for rear-end collisions and sideswipes when vehicles are stopped to make left turns.”

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey said: “We’ve been working hard with residents, city officials, and the Transportation Cabinet to help revitalize the Bardstown Road corridor. These much-needed improvements will benefit pedestrians, bikes, and businesses and keep everyone safer.”

Since 2020, KYTC District 5 has partnered with Louisville Metro Public Works and the Transportation Authority of River City (TARC) to enhance the Bardstown Road Corridor (US 31E) between Eastern Parkway (US 60 A) and Broadway (US 150) based on the results of a 2018 safety study conducted by Louisville Metro Public Works.

After reviewing the corridor, the needs of the motoring public, the desires of the community and safety study data, Louisville Metro Public Works and transportation officials recommended a Roadway Reallocation project. This project will consist of:

Removal of overhead reversible lane assignment lights/signs and installation of improved signage

Updating current pedestrian facilities with curb extensions and crosswalks to address safety concerns and ensure Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance

Modifying the corridor from four reversible lanes to two driving lanes thereby increasing the quantity of 24-hour on-street parking locations to address the needs of local businesses and residents

Provide designated turn lanes at signalized intersections with high left turn demands

Roadway resurfacing and new striping installation to accommodate all pedestrian safety improvements

Learn more: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning-and-sustainabilit…

 

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