Streets for People: Bardstown Road improvements

By Chris Glasser

On Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m., District 8 Council Member Brandon Coan and Develop Louisville will host a public meeting at Highlands Community Ministries (1228 E. Breckinridge Street) to discuss safety improvements for the Bardstown Road corridor between Broadway and the Watterson Expressway (I-264).

In announcing the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Safety Study last month, Coan said: “My goal is to eliminate fatalities and severe injuries on Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. That means reducing driver confusion, speeding and conflict between motorized and non-motorized users. It ought to be safe to cross the street in the Highlands, and this study with help make that a reality.”

Because Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue are designated as state roadways, the state Transportation Cabinet will be consulted about recommended improvements. Input will also be solicited from TARC on opportunities to improve transit access and amenities, and PARC will be consulted to provide input on parking considerations.

Recommendations for improvements in the study area will be presented for public comment spring 2018, and a final report with recommendations is anticipated in fall 2018.

As part of Insider Louisville’s Streets for People series, Bicycling for Louisville director Chris Glasser offers a series of suggestions for improving the walkability, bikeability, and overall safety of the roadway in the form of a StoryMap.

We invite you to review his proposals, to take Metro Government’s Bardstown Road survey, and to respond with your ideas in the form below to tell us how you think the corridor could be improved to meet the goals for study.