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Major changes for Lexington Road being presented, discussed

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Steve Sizemore says thinning the road from four lanes to three lanes -- with the middle a designated turn lane -- will make it safer for everyone. Steve Sizemore says thinning the road from four lanes to three lanes -- with the middle a designated turn lane -- will make it safer for everyone.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The two mile stretch of Lexington Road between Baxter and Grinstead is currently four lanes wide -- two going in each direction.

"It's one of the most unsafe designs of a roadway possible," said Steve Sizemore with Develop Louisville.

Sizemore says it's time for a change.

"It's going to become much more of an urban corridor than what it is today," he told WDRB.

The project will come in phases. Right now, project managers and engineers are figuring out what will work.

The design phase will come next.

Transportation officials have been inviting the public to meetings to learn about possible changes and to share input.

Sizemore says thinning the road from four lanes to three lanes -- with the middle a designated turn lane -- will make it safer for everyone.

"It's been proven that the lane reconfiguration of road diets work for safety purposes, that the crashes do go down. The 35 mile per hour speed limit will stay the same, but Sizemore says the road diet is known to slow cars down.

Repaving is also being planned for the corridor, plus a cycletrack -- which will be the first of its kind in Louisville.

"We're presenting a protected bike lane which is a state of the art practice that many cities around the country and around the world are using," he said.

On street parking will change because Sizemore says right now, it's a safety hazard.

"It's currently dangerous only because there are no sidewalks so if you park along the north side or the south side of the street, you're walking out into traffic," he explained.

The design phase will come next and Sizemore says there will be more public meetings. To keep up to date and see details on the proposed changes, click here.

To submit your opinions about the changes, click here.

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