LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – Mayor Greg Fischer said he doesn’t believe that residents and business had ample time to study the impacts and voice their support or opposition and announced on Monday, Aug. 5, that the city will not extend the Brownsboro Road Diet.
“The data both locally and nationally show that road diets are an effective way to increase public safety by slowing traffic without impeding it,” Fischer said. “However, because the public had only two weeks for input, my team has recommended to the state that they proceed with restriping the section of Brownsboro Road with its current four-lane configuration.”
However, Fischer said he believes that road diets — which reduce four-lane roads to two lanes with a continuous turning lane — are a good public policy because they improve safety and result in fewer accidents.
He has asked the Department of Public Works and Assets to develop a comprehensive strategy for which roads in the city would make good candidates for diets -- and develop a robust public input process that gives the community a greater time period to discuss and debate the projects.
The city’s first road diet, on Brownsboro Road in Clifton and Clifton Heights neighborhoods from Drescher Bridge to Ewing, has already reduced accidents by 40 percent in the 11 months since the diet was completed.
In mid July, the state informed the city that, as it repaved the upper stretches of Brownsboro Road, it would be willing to consider extending the road diet if that was the wish of Metro Government. The city, in turn, announced on July 18 that it would consider extending that road diet from Ewing to Hillcrest and established a public comment period which ended on Sunday.
“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. One of the guiding principles of my administration is that decisions are made in a transparent and open process after the data has been thoroughly vetted and input from all sides heard,” Fischer said. “Developing a comprehensive road diet strategy for Louisville, with ample time for community dialogue, is a good step for the future.”