LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plans are underway to make a troubled stretch of Dixie Highway safer. WDRB's Valerie Chinn joins us with what improvements will be made.

Design work has begun on the first phase of the long awaited Dixie Highway Improvement Project, but city officials are asking for the public's input before executing a final design.

A $600,000 design contract was awarded in September to The Corradino Group. Phase 1 of the Dixie Highway Improvement Project will focus on the area between Crums Lane on the north and Rockford Lane on the south.

"This project is part of a master plan that was completed last year that's going to be done in five phases and cover Dixie Highway from Oak Street all the way south to Interstate 265," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "This is a lot more than a road improvement project. It's part of our plan to bring more jobs to the city, particularly in this instance, along the Dixie Highway corridor."

A public meeting on the first phase of the Improvement Project will be held Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Government Center, located at 7219 Dixie Highway. That's when residents will be asked for their own ideas for improving the Dixie Highway corridor as well as their feedback on preliminary ideas from The Corradino Group.

We'll have more coming up tonight on WDRB News at 4.