Brownsboro Road Sidewalk and Reconfiguration Project
Frequently Asked Questions

What's the reason for the project? 
The project is to provide for a complete pedestrian system with sidewalks on both the north and south sides of Brownsboro Road from Ewing Avenue westward past the Kroger shopping center.

What options were examined? 
Options examined included cutting into the hill on the north side to provide a sidewalk or completing a “road diet” – reducing the travel lanes from 4 to 2 and providing a center two-way left turn lane, while leaving room to construct additional sidewalks on the north side. 

Why was the “road diet” selected? 
The road diet is the most cost-effective option that addresses safety and provides sidewalks on both sides of the road.  The “road diet” option is roughly $400,000, while cutting into the hill is estimated to cost 3 to 4 times that amount. 

What will be the impacts on safety? 
Safety of the roadway will be improved both for motorists – who will now have a dedicated turning lane; and for pedestrians who will have complete sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. 

What will be the impacts on traffic and travel times? 
Professionals from Louisville Metro have estimated that the travel times for commuters will increase by approximately 10 seconds for the inbound trip and 4 seconds for the outbound trip. 

How long has this project been considered? 
This project has been considered for well over a decade. 

Who examined it and signed off on it? 
Professionals from Metro Public Works examined the plan and have signed off on it.  The concepts were also reviewed by concerned citizens at public meetings. 

Is there any evidence it will have a negative impact on business? 
No.  In fact, national research indicates the lowered speeds and dedicated turning lanes positively affect businesses.

Have similar projects worked well elsewhere? In Louisville? 
There are a number of positive “road diet” project all over the US that have been implemented on similar streets/roadways.  In Louisville, the section of Eastern Parkway from I-65 to 3rd Street was put on a road diet to increase pedestrian safety and permit crossings at signalized intersections. 

Who is opposing this project? 
Largely a group of business owners and operators are focusing erroneously on the potential for negative affects to businesses if the “road diet” is implemented.  They have also been focusing on the increased commute times and have gotten support from commuters who don’t live in the neighborhood nor frequent these same businesses.  The fears of both groups – businesses and commuters are unfounded based on independent analysis done by professional staff at Louisville Metro. 

Who is in favor of it? 
The project has support from a wide base of individuals and groups including: 
o    Metro Public Works
o    Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh
o    The Clifton Neighborhood
o    The Clifton Heights Neighborhood
o    The Crescent Hill Community Council
o    KY School for the Blind
o    Others

What do opponents say about the project and how do they back their concerns? 
The opponents say this project will harm businesses and increase commute times and create congestion.  Yet, they offer no concrete proof of their claims based on a traffic analysis of other studies. 

Without the project, would a four-lane U.S. 42 reach downtown? 
Not likely.  A project to increase capacity along U.S. 42 is probably not feasible near Story Avenue as the stretch of roadway in question runs through a neighborhood that would suffer irreversible harm should the roadway be widened.