“Widening I-265 is the State’s top priority,” KYTC says in an online statement about the project that, if implemented, would add a single 12-foot lane in each direction over an 11.5 mile stretch of the interstate. “During 2017 KYTC implemented a statewide ranking system of highway projects based on needs: including traffic volumes, congestion, safety, economic benefit, and other factors. The widening of I-265 from four lanes to six lanes ranked as the highest priority project statewide.”
The community meeting for this project is Tuesday, May 8 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, located at 13725 Shelbyville Road in Louisville.
We invite you to write-in with your comments or attend the public meeting. This is a key opportunity for telling our state transportation officials that they should not (repeat: NOT) widen Gene Snyder.
There’s a lot to like about the plan, especially the removal of the “ping pong” lights and redesign from Douglass Loop to Broadway. Here are our overall, high-level thoughts on the proposal.
Making a large section of Bardstown Road a two-lane road (one lane in each direction) is an excellent move that will make the street safer for all users.
Likewise, dedicated turn lanes at major intersections will reduce the number of crashes and make those intersections safer for everyone.
Paid parking and the removal of the rush hour parking restriction will be great for businesses, drivers looking for parking spots, and pedestrians (oh…and al fresco dining too!). Parked cars provide a safety buffer between moving vehicles and walkers, and are great for traffic calming.
“Curb bumpouts” at some crosswalk locations will make it safer for pedestrians by reducing the length of the crosswalk. We love it!
Keeping Bardstown Road as 4-5 lanes from I-264 to Douglass Loop will continue to encourage speeding. With high traffic volumes, minimal parking demand, and wide shoulders, the roadway does not lend itself to a pedestrian-friendly experience, and there’s little in this plan that changes that.
Crossing Bardstown Road on foot will continue to be a problem. One problem is that there are stretches of the street where one must walks hundreds of feet in between crosswalk opportunities. The city’s design could do better by providing more crosswalk opportunities — particularly at locations adjacent to TARC stops.
Another difficulty with crossing Bardstown Road is that the walking signals do not trigger automatically for pedestrians, but instead require the pushing of a “beg button.” The plan should replace all “beg buttons” with automatic crossing signals.
The city acknowledges that there are not any suggested bike facilities in their plan for a safer Bardstown Road, despite bike safety being one of the original goals of the study. (Kudos to them for being up-front about this.) As a remedy, the city should invest in protected bike lanes on adjacent/parallel roads — Norris, Douglass, and Baxter — in order to make the corridor more accessible to people on bikes.
Metro Government unveiled a plan for a redesign of Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road at a public meeting last Thursday night at Highland Community Ministries.
Michael King, a planner for Metro Develop Louisville, and Tom Springer, an engineering consultant with Qk4, presented the plan, which proposes a number of changes aimed at improving traffic and pedestrian safety along the Baxter/Bardstown corridor from Broadway to I-264.