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Louisville seeks feedback on plan to improve safety on Broadway corridor

Public forum on Broadway plan, a MOVE Louisville project, scheduled on Dec. 17

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Government will host its first public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to listen to residents’ experiences and exchange ideas about how to improve safety and mobility along Broadway.

Broadway All the Way is a process to reimagine the street and create a vibrant, multimodal corridor that meets the needs of all residents and serves as a catalyst for economic development. The re-imaging of Broadway, a major transit corridor spanning from Baxter Avenue to Shawnee Park, was identified as a priority project in MOVE Louisville, the city’s 20-year multimodal strategic plan. MOVE Louisville envisions turning Broadway into a multimodal street with premium transit service to stimulate economic development along the historically significant commercial corridor and improve safety and efficiency for all users.

Broadway, which experiences heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic, is currently one of Louisville’s most dangerous corridors with the intersection at Second Street and Broadway deemed the most dangerous intersection in Kentucky based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since Jan. 1, there have been 53 accidents reported at the intersection, including 28 injuries.

Gresham Smith, a local engineering, landscape architecture and design practice, along with a team of local and national experts are leading the effort in partnership with Louisville Metro’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability. Gresham Smith was chosen as the project’s consultant in June following a competitive RFP process.

At the forum, Gresham Smith will present existing conditions data about the corridor, solicit community input and begin to generate ideas and strategies for potential solutions. In the months ahead, the firm will continue to gather feedback, develop a plan and test new ideas before presenting a final report and plan at the end of 2020.

Once the plan is complete, it will be used to apply for federal and state road construction funds.

The inaugural Broadway All the Way public forum will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Louisville Free Public Library’s main branch auditorium, 301 York Street. Additional public engagement sessions will be scheduled in 2020 and the Broadway All the Way website will allow for public comment and feedback throughout the process.

For more information and updates on the project, please visit www.BroadwayAllTheWay.org.