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Residents look forward to road diet on Grinstead Drive

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents who live along or near Grinstead Drive between Lexington and Stilz attended a public meeting Wednesday night to learn about changes coming soon to their neighborhood.

The road diet is something many in Louisville are used to by now. It's when a four-lane road is tightened to three lanes, with a turning lane in the middle.

"It'll slow the fastest of the fast down to the speed of the average which will greatly enhance roadway safety," David Morse, a Louisville cyclist, told WDRB.

Residents say they welcome the change.

"People do go too fast being four lanes across with a quick turn. It's scary especially if there are four people driving, two each way," said Jane Bennett.

"If you decrease the number of lanes to a lane each direction, providing that center turn lane, put bike lanes on each sides, it becomes accommodating to all road users," said Rolf Eisinger, Louisville's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

Eisinger says the change is a proven way to increase safety for everyone.

"The state, KYTC, did a road diet on the lower part of Grinstead and so far we've seen a 69 percent decrease in crashes along that corridor," he said.

The changes will include designated bike lanes on either side.

David Morse says that will be a major upgrade.

"About 5:00 when you're riding with the rush hour rush, there is a thundering herd and you have to mix it up with motorists and share space with them," said Morse.

"It'll be wonderful for bikers and we can feel more safe walking on the sidewalks because they'll be next to bikers as opposed to cars," added Bennett.

Four projects total are on the agenda including Grinstead Drive, Breckinridge Street, Kentucky Street and Hill Street.

Two public meetings will be held in advance of each project to inform motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and to listen to their concerns. The projects and their public meetings are:

Grinstead Drive from Stilz Avenue to Lexington Road

Meetings will be at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue

April 9, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

April 10, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Breckinridge Street from Barret Avenue to 7th Street and Kentucky Street from 8th Street to Barret Avenue

Meetings will be at the Shelby Community Center, 600 E. Oak Street

April 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

April 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hill Street from 6th Street to 17th Street

Meetings will be at the Parkhill Community Center, 1703 S. 13th Street

April 15, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

April 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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