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Paving for new bike lanes on Grinstead Drive delayed until Wednesday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Because of incoming weather, paving is being pushed back on the Grinstead Bike Lane Project.

Stilz Avenue and Grinstead Drive is a busy intersection. Right now, it's four lanes, but it's being reconfigured to one bicycle and driving lane in each direction and a center turning lane.

The city of Louisville says large cities like Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon and New York City are adding more bike lanes, so why not here too?

"I'm really in favor of people riding their bikes, however I am concerned about the safety," said Susie Sheehy, a resident.

And that's the worry for some residents who use Grinstead Drive. The city says a traffic count showed about 7,000 drivers use the area streets daily, but with the majority using just the center lane.

"Which means if you have excess capacity, people tend to drive faster," said Rolf Eisinger, an engineering technician with Metro Public Works. "So we're seeing that 85 percent of people drive around 40-42 mph on this road. It's supposed to be 35."

Most of the city's bike lanes are within a 3-mile radius of downtown Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer allotted $300,000 for the bike plan adding 40 new miles of bike lanes. The city says $60,000 in federal funds are also paying for more lanes.

Eisinger said, "Repaving goes from Peterson and goes to Stilz. The facility -- we wanted to connect people to Frankfort Avenue to Beargrass Creek Trail and also Cherokee Park. We're going to continue the facility with shared travel lanes."

He said while there are more drivers than bicyclists, "I think it takes time. You've got to develop a network in order to encourage more and more people to get on their bikes."

Sheehy said, "You hate to stand in the way of progress, but you also hate to have gridlock."

If the weather holds up, paving is expected to start on Wednesday with it being completed by Thursday afternoon.

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