Brownsboro Road to face more construction after ‘road diet’ of 2012

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- More construction could soon be planned for Brownsboro Road. The road diet in 2012 added turning lanes and sidewalk but created some problems for businesses.

Now a repaving project is in the works and there are talks of a bigger project.

Traffic is moving smoothly once again along Brownsboro Road but drivers and businesses will have to get used to those traffic cones once again. Business owner DJ Jackson is optimistic after the first round of construction.

"We made it through the storm and everything seems to be OK," DJ Jackson, business owner said.

First repaving is planned Aug. 7 from Ewing to Drescher Bridge, the same area that went through construction to add turning lanes. Jackson says his business survived that round and he thinks extending the turning lanes might help traffic flow

"As people are getting here to Ewing they are racing because they know the lanes are narrowing down. So I think if they open it to Hillcrest it will give the traffic time to slow down. It's been pretty dangerous here," Jackson said.

Councilmember Tina Ward Pugh is hoping to discuss preliminary plans on extending the road diet up Brownsboro Road to Hillcrest. Essentially adding more turning lanes; Ron Kelty who owns beverage world has mixed feelings.

"As far as going up to Hillcrest, I don't know. We'll just have to wait and see. If they do it instantly overnight I might be in favor of it but two or three months of construction is definitely not going to be good for business," Ron Kelty said.

There are two ways for you to weigh in on the proposal. There's a public meeting Wednesday night, July 24, at the Kentucky School for the Blind on Frankfort Avenue.  That meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m.

You can also mail in your comments.  Send them to Brownsboro Road diet comments, in care of Metro Public Works, 444 South Fifth Street, Suite 400, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
The comment period closes Sunday, Aug. 4.
 

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