Brownsboro Road diet 'relapses'


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 11:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --A highly controversial road expansion project for Brownsboro Road will not move forward.

In a sudden decision released late today, Mayor Greg Fischer says he's putting a halt to the expanded road diet. Along Brownsboro Road, the proposed road diet is on hold for now.

It would have extended the existing diet from Ewing to Hillcrest while a paving project was underway. Many local businesses including the owner of Pat's Steakhouse are applauding the move.

“I was hoping they would make it wider not narrower on Brownsboro Road," Pat Francis of Pat's Steakhouse said.

Mayor Fischer released a statement saying "Although I believe the road diet for this area of Brownsboro Road would improve public safety, two weeks is not ample time for gathering community input."

Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh strongly supported the project but supports the idea of more public input.

“I have a mixed reaction myself. No doubt I am disappointed but I do understand the Mayor's perspective," she said.

The diet would reduce the lanes and add a turning lane and sidewalks. Tina Ward Pugh believes it would improve public safety and already has.

“I am confident that this road diet that we have now in place after 11 months has reduced accidents by 40 percent,” Pugh continues.

Francis says more residents and businesses need to weigh in and further study needs to be done on whether it really has improved safety.

"And even the business below us and all the people down there that I have talked to don't think it’s safer, they think it’s more dangerous," Francis said.

In the meantime, the current repaving will continue and Pugh has high hopes the project will be revisited once further study is conducted over 1-3 years.