LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Get ready for more traffic changes coming to the Louisville Loop. River Road from 3rd to 7th Streets is in the design phase for an extension of Waterfront Park.

Ten thousand vehicles travel this section of river road every day according to the city.

Members of the city's Office of Advanced Planning and Develop Louisville met with business owners and restaurant owners to give them an advanced looked at the possible changes ahead of two public meetings later this month.

Plans of extending Waterfront Park would change the look and feel of downtown between 3rd and 7th Streets, most noticeably removing the westbound lane. The plan is to redesign it with a bike lane, new lighting and other improved aesthetics.

David Karem, the president of the Waterfront Development Corporation says change is needed to attract more visitors and give more visibility to downtown.

"Having everybody on the same page. It's important connectivity to phase four. That it's important for the connectivity to the river. It's important for the continuation to Waterfront Park. That makes the city all the more inviting,” Karem said.

The construction for this phase could start in late 2020.

There will be two public meetings about these plans on June 25 and 26 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the KMAC museum.

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