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New sidewalks, bicycle lanes to provide better access to Northeast YMCA, Robsion Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – New sidewalks along a 3-mile stretch of LaGrange Road in Lyndon, as well as bicycle lanes, will soon provide pedestrians and bicyclists with better access to places like the Northeast YMCA and Robsion Park.

A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bowen Elementary School, 1601 Roosevelt Avenue, to discuss two proposals to install sidewalks along the north side of LaGrange Road from Lyndon Lane to Lakeland Road.

In addition, bicycle lanes and additional sidewalks will be installed on the south side of the railroad tracks to provide new, safer pedestrian and cyclist access, said Dirk Gowin, an engineering project coordinator with Louisville Metro Works.

The project will cost $2.7 million, which will be funded with the help of two federal grants totaling $2.1 million. The rest of the money will come from the City of Lyndon, Louisville Metro Government and private donations.

"We applied for the original grant back in 2009, so this has been something we have been trying to make a reality for quite a long time," said Gowin. "One huge goal was to find a safe way for students at Bowen Elementary to walk to and from the YMCA."

Gowin said the bicycle path will eventually give access to the Louisville Loop, an estimated 100-mile trail system that will eventually encircle the city and link existing and new parks and neighborhoods to civic attractions, transportation alternative and recreation opportunities.

The plans also call for a designated turn lane on LaGrange Road at Whipps Mill Lane that will help ease traffic congestion when there is a train.

"I think everyone will be very excited about that," Gowin said.

Bowen Elementary School principal Stephen Tyra said families and students have been "waiting a long time for this."

"I am a huge advocate for this project as it will give us access to Robsion Park, the Northeast YMCA and A.B. Sawyer Park," Tyra said. "Right now, in order for us to send our students to the YMCA on a field trip, we have to pay for a bus. This will allow them to walk. We are very excited about this."

Gowin said construction will likely begin in early 2017 and will take about three months.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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