Bardstown Road Redesign
On April 19th, the city presented its redesign concept of Bardstown Road at a public meeting. You can find the city’s presentation here and our write-up of the plan for Insider Louisville here.
There’s a lot to like about the plan, especially the removal of the “ping pong” lights and redesign from Douglass Loop to Broadway. Here are our overall, high-level thoughts on the proposal.
Making a large section of Bardstown Road a two-lane road (one lane in each direction) is an excellent move that will make the street safer for all users.
Likewise, dedicated turn lanes at major intersections will reduce the number of crashes and make those intersections safer for everyone.
Paid parking and the removal of the rush hour parking restriction will be great for businesses, drivers looking for parking spots, and pedestrians (oh...and al fresco dining too!). Parked cars provide a safety buffer between moving vehicles and walkers, and are great for traffic calming.
“Curb bumpouts” at some crosswalk locations will make it safer for pedestrians by reducing the length of the crosswalk. We love it!