Tempers flare over extending Brownsboro Road diet

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 11:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A meeting was held Wednesday night for community members to voice their concerns about the proposed extension of the Brownsboro Road diet. It’s been controversial in the past and it seems to be even more so now.

The project would expand the existing diet up to Hillcrest Avenue on Brownsboro Road.

“I think we’re taking a step backward, not forward by doing this,” Pat Francis, owner of Pat’s Steakhouse, said.

The state will be repaving the road soon, creating a unique opportunity for the city.

“This is us trying to take advantage of an opportunity when the state says they’re going to come in and repave, for them just to stripe three lanes instead of four,” explained Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Last year, the section of Brownsboro Road that runs through Clifton and Clifton Heights was reduced to three lanes with mixed reviews.

“It’s a total disaster down there,” Francis said. “All my employees will tell me, you get to a certain time and it’s a mess down there.”

But, Ward-Pugh counters it’s made the road safer, “We’ve got visually impaired people who, for the first time, are able to walk up and down a stretch of Brownsboro Road safely. And I’m willing to go 20 seconds slower for that.”

The city says wrecks are down 40 percent after the first phase of the diet and that dangerous intersections like Hillcrest and Brownsboro need this expansion to become safer.

“I’m saying, this is the only way we’re going to get to make that intersection safer, ever!” Ward-Pugh said.

Not everyone is convinced. Francis believes the diet caused a man’s death when he was hit head on, on Brownsboro.

“Nobody knew what lanes to be in, arrows go every which way. He was killed down there. So, I’m not buying that it helped anything.”

If you would like to add to the conversation, you can send your comments to Brownsboro Road Diet comments, in care of Metro Public Works, 444 South Fifth Street, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40202.
 

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