Mixed feelings about Brownsboro Road construction

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 27 at 7:02 PM

(WHAS11) -- Residents and business owners along Brownsboro Road have been rallying for support to stop construction until another plan that everyone agrees on can be worked out.

The plan approved will change the current four lane street from four lanes to three. One lane going each way and a middle turning lane.

It would allow for more crosswalks and a side walk on the rock edged side of the street.

The construction project is supposed to add something many residents say lower Brownsboro Road is lacking, a safe place for residents to walk, like Adam Ruschival who is visually impaired.

"We have had three people, blind people, that have been hit and injured right here at this intersection in the last two or three years," says Adam Ruschival with the  Ky. Council for the Blind.

A group that opposes the construction, Save 42.Org , says the project would create more traffic, dangerous conditions  and threaten the livelihood of many businesses like Dixie Cleaners that's been here for 48 years.

"The concern is its gonna create hazards for pedestrians and drivers. And they want the Mayor to take time, look at alternatives and find something more positive," says Patsy Bruner with Dixie Cleaners

The group says that they have more than 2,000 signatures on a petition asking Mayor Fischer to reconsider the design of the project. Fischer indicated last week that at this point construction is moving ahead as planned.

Construction would end at Drescher Bridge and is set to begin in April. The construction is expected to last three months.

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