Louisville Metro hosting workshop for Preston Corridor Plan

November 11, 2021

Louisville Metro Government is hosting a two-day public workshop to hear residents’ views on existing conditions and ideas for improvement along one of the city’s longest roadways, the Preston Corridor, which stretches from River Road downtown to the southern edge of Jefferson County.

The input is meant to help guide a new Preston Corridor Plan – a visionary plan that prioritizes people-first transportation, land use, and economic development for the entirety of the roadway, which shifts from Preston Street to Preston Highway. The plan will encompass the CHASE principles (Connected, Healthy, Authentic, Sustainable and Equitable) laid out in the city’s comprehensive plan.

“The Preston Corridor Plan creates a significant opportunity for us to reimagine how people travel along this busy and diverse corridor from the riverfront downtown to the edge of the county and back,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Plans such as these can lead to work that completely alters the way people interact with the road, while driving traffic to support local businesses, and enhancing roadway safety for all users.”

The two-day public workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 18, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Boulevard. The first day will be focused on learning about current experiences on the Preston Corridor, and the second day will focus on potential ideas for the future. Attendance on both days is encouraged but not required.

The project team also will host pop-up events throughout the morning of November 17 at various businesses along the corridor.

Planning and engineering firm WSP is the lead consultant for the project and is working in partnership with Louisville Metro’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability. The planning process kicked off in August, and once the plan is complete, it will be used to apply for federal and state implementation funds.

“The Preston plan is a real opportunity to create a safer, more economically vibrant corridor, but planning is only as useful as community members are involved in helping to define needs and shape its future. I’m grateful for the work of Prosper Preston, the Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability, and Preston area Council members who, for years, have championed the corridor and positioned us for transformative change,” said Councilwoman Nicole George, District 21.

“This plan is a great opportunity for those who live around and use the Preston Highway Corridor. This plan brings with it enhancements for safer travel and mobility along the corridor, as well as attracting new business in the area that will re-energize the entire corridor from downtown to the County Line. I encourage everyone to become engaged during the process to let your concerns and ideas be part of the discussion,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood, District 24.

To learn more about the project and receive regular updates about the Preston Corridor Plan, visit www.prestoncorridorplan.org.

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