Louisville lands $21 million grant for safe roads and streets

The $21 million grant will go towards resizing ten corridors in Louisville.

The skyline of the city of Louisville at sunset, with the freeways visible.

Safety improvements may reduce accidents by up to 47%.

Photo by @zenithdroneimagery

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Big changes are coming to the streets of Louisville โ€” $21 million worth of changes, to be specific.

Letโ€™s take a look at how Louisville will use the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant funding for safety improvements.

๐Ÿšง The improvements

The money will primarily be used to โ€œrightsizeโ€ ten Derby City corridors to better serve those who use them (think: drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists). The project will focus on improving safety in key areas including:

  • Speed reduction measurements
  • Fewer travel lanes pedestrians must cross
  • Creating bicycle lanes, on-street parking, and transit stops

Since 2014, 900+ people have died on the cityโ€™s roads. These measures may reduce crashes by 19-47%.

๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Affected roads

Here are ten roadways that will benefit from this grant:

  • Wilson Avenue
  • West Oak Street
  • East Oak Street
  • Berry Boulevard
  • Crums Lane
  • River Road
  • Zorn Avenue
  • South 22nd Street
  • Southern Parkway
  • Louis Coleman Jr. Drive

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ The timeline

The project will begin with design work, slated to begin this summer. Construction is scheduled for 2024 and is planned to continue until 2027.

๐Ÿ’ฐ The funding

The $21 million comes from the federal governmentโ€™s Safe Streets and Roads for All grant. The funding will be matched by almost $1.5 in state funding and $4 million in local funds for a grand total of nearly $27 million. The Metro Government estimates that over 60% of the funding will impact underserved communities.

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