KYTC Projects in Louisville-Jefferson County
Last week, we published an article in Insider Louisville highlighting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC’s) plans for Jefferson County. We invite you to read the article in full, but here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: as part of a comprehensive plan called SHIFT, the state’s top 20 projects for Louisville are all interstate expansion or highway widening projects that will only further Louisville’s auto-dependence.
What’s doubly disappointing about the state prioritizing projects that will lead to more suburban sprawl is that Metro Government has published its own transportation plan (called Move Louisville) that the state is effectively ignoring.
A number of the projects in the city plan are on state routes (Broadway is US 150, Dixie Highway is US 31W, etc.), and so the state could be helping and coordinating with the city on its transportation priorities. Instead, KYTC is undermining those priorities by building projects out in the far reaches of the county.