Redesign concepts for historic Eastern Parkway maintain character, improve safety

Hundreds attended the final public meeting in the Eastern Parkway Transportation Study to view concepts to redesign the historic corridor. The reimagined parkway in Louisville could include proven safety measures like roundabouts and road configurations to improve access while preserving the area’s historic charm and tree canopy.

At the meeting Jan. 29, the Eastern Parkway Project Team including representatives from Gresham Smith and Louisville Metro Public Works revealed innovative design concepts for the corridor’s complete needs and asked the public to submit comments before recommendations are final. To review maps and designs and send your thoughts, visit the louisvilleparkways.org before Feb. 11.

Parkway users listed sidewalk connectivity, bike lanes, speed, congestion, noise and environmental concerns as top issues to address. Many also mentioned dedicated transit stops and improved turn opportunities.

Alternative Configuration for Eastern Parkway and Barret Avenue

Alternative Configuration for Eastern Parkway and Barret Avenue

Civil engineers, landscape architects, arborists, parks experts and historians are on the Project Team to gather and review data and make suggestions and cost estimates for the four-mile stretch from Crittenden Drive to Cherokee Park.

Public comments, traffic data and analysis of eight high-priority intersections will be considered for the transportation planning study, which was funded through a $500,000 federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded to Louisville in 2017 and matched with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet toll credits. No funds have been allocated to construct the concepts once their final report is submitted to Louisville Metro this spring.

Rachel Nix

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