Mon August 5, 2013
Brownsboro Road Diet Won't Expand
The Brownsboro Road Diet won't extend to Hillcrest Avenue.
Mayor Greg Fischer said on Monday that he didn't think the public input process for the possible expansion was given enough time. So it's not happening.
The state was planning roadwork on Brownsboro and told the city that it would consider extending the diet—if Louisville wanted it, a new release said. In response, the city set up a public comment period last month that ended on Sunday.
“The data both locally and nationally show that road diets are an effective way to increase public safety by slowing traffic without impeding it,” Fischer said in a news release. “However, because the public had only two weeks for input, my team has recommended to the state that they proceed with restriping the section of Brownsboro Road with its current four-lane configuration.”
The Brownsboro Road Diet reconfigured the roadway from North Ewing Avenue to Drescher Bridge Avenue in the Clifton and Clifton Heights neighborhoods. Here's a description from Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh's web site:
The Brownsboro Road Reconfiguration Project affects Brownsboro Road between N. Ewing and Drescher Bridge Avenue. The project will take the northeast lane of Brownsboro and install an 8' wide curbed sidewalk and green space. That will leave 3 lanes on Brownsboro Road. The lane along the Kroger side will continue to be a "Through Lane" headed toward St. Matthews; the center lane will become a dedicated "Turn Lane" in both directions; and the final lane will continue to be a "Through Lane" headed downtown.
The project had its critics.
The intention, largely, was to improve safety on Brownsboro—and the city says that traffic accidents have reduced by 40 percent since it was completed 11 months ago.