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Project underway to make Dixie Highway safer for drivers and pedestrians

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---On Tuesday evening, a motorcyclist was involved in a crash on Dixie Highway, near Orell Road.

Authorities say the motorcycle turned in front of a car on Tuesday evening.

The motorcyclist, 49-year-old Merle Carroll, known as Andy, died in the crash.

Hours later, there was another deadly incident on Dixie Highway, near Greenwood Road, involving a pedestrian.

Authorities say 77-year-old Dorothy Locke tried to walk across the busy road, and wasn't in a crosswalk.

She was hit by a car and later died.

“I was driving down Dixie Highway and I seen the lady laying in the middle of the road. It was very unfortunate and very sad,” said Khalil Batshon, who owns Khalil’s sports bar on Dixie Highway.

Khalil Batshon, a business owner on Dixie Highway, says fatal crashes and accidents aren't uncommon on the busy stretch of road.

“People- they're in a hurry and I think with the new corridor it will slow some things down but kinda help everybody stay safer,” said Khalil Batshon.

The new corridor was announced this past December.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced the Dixie Highway Improvement Project, known as the Dixie Do-Over.

The project is part of a master plan, to be completed in 5 phases, that is expected to make the road safer.

“It's still overall planning, and we have 5 million dollars that has been appropriated by the General Assembly. That will be the first phase and we'll continue to lobby and work and make sure the rest of the money comes in to a very needed project,” said Councilman David Yates, who represents District 25.

Councilman David Yates says accidents on this stretch of road hit close to home for him as well.

Since the time this project was announced in December.. there have been at least 4 pedestrian fatalities.

“I can't count the amount of people I've known that have been lost on that corridor and it's one of the busiest corridors in the whole city,” said Councilman Yates.

The upcoming project is expected to add safety improvements, including sidewalks, raised medians with trees and shrubbery, crosswalks, and better signage.

While the planning stage is still in the works, there's hope by Councilman Yates, and local business owners, that the improvements will be made sooner than later.

“If we can clean our roads up a little bit and get rid of the potholes, and put some plantations out and sidewalks so people can cross more safely, I think it will help out a lot,” said Khalil Batshon.

The first phase of the project would focus on Crums Lane to Rockford Lane, and work could begin by the end of the year.

Councilman Yates says it's expected to cost at least $30 million dollars to complete all 5 phases.

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