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Dixie Highway business owners give feedback on proposed changes to make the road safer

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Citizens listen to explanations of the plans to re-do Dixie Highway at the meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 11, 2104. Citizens listen to explanations of the plans to re-do Dixie Highway at the meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 11, 2104.
Joel Morrill, with the Corradino Group, discusses the proposed plans for changes to Dixie Highway. Joel Morrill, with the Corradino Group, discusses the proposed plans for changes to Dixie Highway.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday night, plans to make Louisville's most dangerous road for pedestrians safer were revealed to the public.

Officials want to make the road safer for pedestrians at some of it's most hazardous spots, but business owners are concerned about some of the plans to make that happen.

Four options are up for debate as plans move forward to improve Dixie Highway.

"There are some accidents happening there right now, there are pedestrians getting hit," Joel Morrill, with the Corradino Group, said. The Corradino Group is the firm in charge of making the changes to the road, once they've been decided.

Tuesday's focus was on the part of Dixie Highway where drivers can access the Watterson Expressway.

"You have pedestrians that are crossing four different interstate ramps without any kind of protection," Morrill said. "Without any signals. Not a desirable situation."

The first option is to do nothing.

The second is to build a promenade from Heaton Road to Garrs Lane.

"This would be an enclosed, raised median with walls on the side to protect the pedestrians from cars," Corradino explained.

The third option is to end the walkway at Herbert Lane, leaving pedestrians without signals to cross.

The fourth is to end the center walkway near the I-264 off-ramp. Officials say they would also straighten the ramp and add a light.

"People flying down Dixie highway there, there's a lot of wrecks there and putting that red light I think will solve a lot of problems," Dixie Highway business owner Keith Cusick said.

People were given two stickers to vote on their favorite plan and one was the clear favorite.

"I do like alternative four, where they've got the crosswalk under the expressway ramp," business owner Dennis Hampton added. "That's really what we are in favor of."

Two business owners in the area say four is ideal and option number two could keep customers away.

"We're all for the improvements in the area, it really needs to be done," Hampton said. "We're concerned that they're wanting to put the walkway down the median, which is going to block any left hand traffic to our business."

"It would stop accessibility to our business We wouldn't be able to take a left turn out of our business or people wouldn't be able to take a left turn in our business," Cusick saud. "That would really hurt us because we depend on a lot of walk-ins."

The Corradino Group says the public's input means a lot. Any final plan though still needs to be approved by federal and state highway officials.

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