LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There are major improvements coming to a stretch of highway known as “Dixie Dieway.” Mayor Greg Fischer and other leaders announced plans on Thursday, Dec. 12, to begin a $5.5 million improvement project along the notoriously dangerous corridor.
The improvement project is being called the “Dixie Do-Over.” It's a multi-million-dollar project meant to improve the roads here for business and for safety.
Doug Riddle works and walks along Dixie and says it's a project that’s long over do.
"It's tough at that intersection because there are five roads that come together. I've almost saw a couple get hit before," Riddle said.
Phase one of the plan was unveiled on Thursday and it will focus on Crums Lane to Rockford Lane. There will be a number of safety improvements, from sidewalks to medians, to turning lanes. For Trish Morrison of Shively Sporting Goods, it means better access to her business and safety for her customers.
"Have easier accessibility to our businesses here, it would be an absolute joy," Trish Morrison, co-owner of Shively Sporting Goods, said.
From 2002 to 2007, this stretch saw 350 accidents, 70 injuries and two fatalities. Those numbers have only shot up since then, especially pedestrian accidents. In October, a woman was hit by a truck when she crossed in the middle of 9900 block of Dixie Highway. In February a man was killed as he crossed Dixie at Watson Lane.
"This is a very busy part of Dixie Highway. It's overly confusing and overly congested for drivers and can be downright dangerous for pedestrians as well," Mayor Greg Fischer said.
The project could begin by late 2014. The project involves five phases, from Oak Street to Interstate 265.
Officials need to hear from you.
There is a public meeting planned next Tuesday Dec. 17 at the Southwest Government Center at 7 p.m.