LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Construction work to reduce Brownsboro Road from four to three lanes is now underway. The project is expected to last until August 16. The lanes will include two lanes of flowing traffic and a center turn lane. A sidewalk will be placed on both sides.
The westbound lane of Brownsboro Road between Ewing Avenue and Drescher Bridge Road is closed for milling and striping work. Construction in the area will last through August 16.
The plan is to reduce Brownsboro Road from four to three lanes and add a sidewalk and reconstruct a curb on the north side of the road in the area for residents across a 0.4 mile stretch. The goal is safety and a reduction in accidents with a consequence of slower traffic.
The speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced to 25 miles per hour until construction is completed.
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, District 9, says plans for this road were approved five years ago and work is just starting. She says that businesses along Brownboro Road should see an increase in business with the road changes. Ward-Pugh believes with the new sidewalk more foot traffic will be on Brownsboro Road and create an atmosphere like Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue.
But business owners in the area, led by the group Save42.org fought the project, arguing it would not achieve the desired goal of safety because sidewalks wouldn't help pedestrians, bicyclists, and others cross the street any more safely. The Kentucky School for the blind is nearby. They hope the project won't bring their profits down.
To see the comments from both sides of the Brownsboro debate, click on the video player.