'Dixie Do-Over' aims to make Dixie Hwy. safer for pedestrians, motorists

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 8:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --Louisville Metro Police are investigating two deadly accidents that happened on Dixie Highway Tuesday night.

A motorcyclist was killed near Valley Station just after 7 p.m. at Dixie Highway and Orell Road. Police said a woman driving northbound on Dixie Highway attempted to make a left turn onto Orell Road when the motorcycle slammed into her vehicle. He died at the scene.

Hours later,  police said a woman in her late 70’s was walking across Dixie near Greenwood Road when she was struck. They said the woman had on dark clothing and was not in the crosswalk. She was transported to University Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Dixie Highway is a stretch of roadway known for fatal accidents involving motorists and pedestrians and the city has come up with a plan to make Dixie Highway safer.

The multi-million dollar Dixie Do-Over plan will include more sidewalks, turning lanes and medians along Dixie Highway. We spoke with the project manager when the plan first got underway.

"What we're trying to do is make it safer. There's a high fatality rate for pedestrians, and a high crash rate as well. We're trying to get those numbers down and we want to do that in a way that commercials and businesses down the corridor can still thrive," Dixie Do-Over project manager Joel Morel said.

There are five phases to the project from Oak Street to I-265 and work is expected to begin by late 2014.

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