Algonquin church seeks solutions for traffic problems


by Alex Schuman

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 20 at 9:30 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Two vehicles ran into each other around 3 p.m. in the Algonquin neighborhood Sunday.

These accidents are a regular sight outside the Liberty Tabernacle Church, which sits at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and South 22nd Street.

“Every time we hear screeching, everyone’s wondering if it’s “my car” that got hit,” pastor Kimberly Lane said.

The church does not have a parking lot, which leaves members no option besides parking on the street.

In the last three years, the church as dealt with at least 7 accidents.

Lane believes the lack of a stop light let’s drivers speed by and having no street lights makes it tough even to see the church at night.

“The side of the building has been hit. The steps have been hit – and the railing,” Pastor Lane said.

The accident Sunday afternoon left one person with minor injuries. One of the cars slammed into a pole but only caused a little scare inside the church – no damage to the building.

Pastor Lane hopes the city will consider placing at least a street light, if not for the church, but for the kids who play at the popular St. Louis Park across the street.

“That’s been my biggest worry. With the park, the kids cross over all the time and it’s not really a safe crossing for them,” Pastor Lane said.

Pastor Lane says she might join the rest of her congregation and park two blocks down the street until something can be done about the traffic situation at the intersection.