Prospect portion of Louisville Loop in planning stages
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Focus groups have been put together to figure out the best way for the Louisville Loop to connect Prospect to downtown.
The Louisville Loop is an estimated 100-mile trail system that will eventually make a big circle around Louisville.
"There are about 38 miles completed. We have a good amount to go," said Lisa Hite, Senior Planner for Metro Parks.
Hite says the area between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge is the only section still without a master plan.
It's called the Ohio River valley Northeast section.
"It's a really challenging stretch. That's why we're putting a lot of energy into it right now," Hite told WDRB.
Focus groups have been coming together to brainstorm and come up with as many different routes as possible.
Planners say an obvious route is to have the loop continue along river road but some say that would be dangerous.
"We really are looking a little bit broader because there are some really narrow places along river road, places where there's very little right of way outside of the road bed," said Hite.
The loop is designed to connect parks and neighborhoods with attractions for transportation and recreation.
Hite says safety is at the top of the priority list because the path is used by many different people.
"Pedestrians, cyclists, but might also be wheelchair users, might be roller bladers, might be kids in strollers, you know, just about everybody so we want it to be designed safely," said Hite.
80 percent of the loop is being funded federally, while 20 percent is being funded through local sources.
The path also includes planned connections to Southern Indiana which would take collaboration.
"It's a great idea and we hope our counterparts in Indiana will work with us to make that connection," Hite told WDRB.
Hite says the route for the northeast section will be chosen on a variety of factors.
Planners want the entire loop to be finished by year 2020.
There will be more public meetings in the near future.
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