Big changes are coming to the streets of Louisville — $21 million worth of changes, to be specific.
Let’s take a look at how Louisville will use the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant funding for safety improvements.
🚧 The improvements
The money will primarily be used to “rightsize” 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 city’s roads. These measures may reduce crashes by 19-47%.
🛣️ 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
🗓️ 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.
💰 The funding
The $21 million comes from the federal government’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.