Metro Council addresses dangerous stretch of Dixie Hwy

Councilwoman addresses Dixie Hwy complaints

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It is a stretch of Dixie Highway that runs right on the edge of Jefferson County, but everyone knows of its bad reputation. 

“When I wasn't living out here, I never understood why everybody said Dixie ‘Die’-way. I'm like, what is that supposed to mean? Well I truly understand why now,” said Monica Karman.

“Anytime you hear about that one particular area, it's always somebody dies,” said Antoinette Anderson.

According to the Kentucky Collision Analysis by Kentucky State Police, there have been 10 deadly accidents along all of Dixie Highway just within the last year. 

“I have seen, I could tell you, at least at the top of my mind, at least 20 wrecks, really bad wrecks,” said Karman.

The most recent one was fatal. Police say a tow truck driver was doing his job on the side of the road at night and was then hit and killed by an S-V on Dixie Highway not far from Westpoint. 

“It's not safe at all, I hate driving through there at night, absolutely hate it,” said Katherine Haynes.

Dark, narrow roads, but people in the area feel these concerns are being ignored by local and state leaders.

“They don't tend to pay much attention to this part of town,” said Haynes.

Metro Councilwoman Cindi Fowler told WHAS11 that people along Dixie Highway are not forgotten. 

“I know, I grew up down here, and I still live down here, and that's always what I hear, but I just want everyone to know that that is not the case,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler with District 14.

She said she's been working on a project that will have this section of Dixie Highway, in the area where Steve Simpson died this week, repaved and add medians within two years.  It's a $500,000 project. 

“There's a lot of money being poured into Dixie Highway, you may not see it now, but it's coming,” said Fowler. 

She's also been working to address the lack of lights along parts of Dixie Highway which leaves the road pitch black. 

“I want to look into to seeing what we can do, talk to LG&E about getting some lights at these intersections at Dixie Beach and Abbot's Beach there at 44, just so the visibility is better,” said Fowler. 

Councilwoman Fowler says there's also a traffic study going on right now in an effort to adjust the Dixie Highway Master Plan to make it safer for drivers.  The results from that traffic study should be available by next Spring. 
 


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