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NuLu Streetscape Project construction to begin

Construction will go block-by-block through fall 2025.

Pedestrians stand on the sidewalk of a busy urban street, while a bicyclist rides along a path.

The project will include expanded pedestrian and bicycle amenenities.

Photo via Louisville Metro Government

It’s about to be a new NuLu.

The East Market Streetscape Project is moving forward. Construction is set to begin on the north side of the 900 + 1000 blocks of East Market Street on Monday, June 17.

The $12 million project will redesign the streetscape from Brook Street to Baxter Avenue — that’s about one mile stretched over nine blocks. The new-look East Market Street will include:

  • Protected bike lanes, including one created from a re-purposed eastbound lane of traffic
  • Landscape medians in two separate blocks to “serve as a gateway to the neighborhood”
  • Newly-planted street trees, increasing the urban canopy
  • Bumpouts at pedestrian crosswalks, offering more room as you walk

Business owners + residents along East Market Street will be notified at least 14 days before construction is set to begin on their block. Project officials say that businesses can remain open during construction, with pedestrian access maintained throughout the process.
Pro tip: If you commute down East Market Street, be sure to leave a little earlier during construction to account for any traffic delays.

A project rendering shows an overhead view of a downtown street, with plans for a new streetscape overlayed.

Designs for the project show new bike lanes on either side of East Market Street, as well as pedestrian bumpouts + new trees.

Image via Louisville Metro Government

The $12 million price tag is being funded by the Louisville Metro, state, and federal governments.

The project is tentatively scheduled to be complete on Oct. 10, 2025, but may fluctuate to accommodate festivals and events in the area.