Residents say changes not coming soon enough to Blue Lick Road


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A deadly crash on Blue Lick Road over the weekend has residents raising questions of when that stretch of road will widen.

It’s a project many have been waiting to see happen for more than a decade. 

The project was delayed because of plan changes. Originally, the plan was to create a five-lane highway, but there were money concerns.

“It's just very frustrating," Councilwoman Madonna Flood said. "I was 17 when I first heard the words uttered 'Blue Lick Road is going to be widened', and I’m way past 35 years of that.”

A 1.6 mile stretch from Preston Highway to the Gene Snyder is set to widen to a three-lane highway.

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction and a continuous turning lane.   

It‘s a project Twana and Steve Deweese said is long overdue.

“We've been here for 35 years. We've seen people get killed. We've seen wrecks and cars coming up in the air. They just don’t have any place to go,” Twana said.

The pair were reminded of the dangers on Blue Lick Road when they saw police and ambulance respond to help 25-year-old Brandon Grigsby.

Grigsby lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from his bike into the guardrail and killed.

A Hummer then ran over Grigsby.

Steve Deweese said while tragic, he wasn’t surprised to learn of the fatal wreck. The problem, residents say, is the road is too narrow and there is too much traffic.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 12,000 vehicles travel down Blue Lick Road daily.

A part of the widening project will remove the ditches that are alongside Blue Lick Road and create sidewalks on both sides.

Construction is set to start in late 2014. In the beginning of the year, utilities in the area will be relocated.

The cost of the project will be around $9.7 million.