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Dixie Highway safety improvements a small part of bigger plan

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A series of improvements to the intersection of Dixie Highway and Valley Station road are just a small part of a plan to improve a long stretch of Dixie Highway says Metro Councilman David Yates.

“There's so much traffic,” Yates said of Dixie Highway, “But when you have children and adults crossing it becomes dangerous.”

Additional sidewalks will be laid along Dixie Highway, plus improvements to TARC bus stop improvements.

“This is something we needed immediately,” Yates said,  “We have the students at Valley High School, we've had accidents, we've lost lives and we're trying to make it a little bit safer.”

In December, a Valley High school student was struck by a car crossing Dixie Highway and was injured.

“I see it a little bit different than people who live in Louisville,’ said Lisa Corpus who lives near Dixie Highway, “I don't think of it as ‘Dixie die-way’ but it can be dangerous at times and it’s definitely dangerous for pedestrians.”

But Yates says the  minor improvements being made to the intersection at Valley Station Road is just a small part of a much larger plan.

“I think it's a great thing for the community,’ Corpus said of the plan.  “all the residents that live out here think it's a really good.”

It’s being called the Dixie Do-over. The project will include safety improvements, sidewalks, raised medians, crosswalks and more visible signs. The plan includes areas from the Watterson down to the Gene Snyder. In total, it would cost $30 million dollars. So far, $5 million has been secured.

“If we get this next grant,” Yates said of the funding for the project. “We’ll be halfway there.”

Depending on how quickly the funding arrives, Yates says it might be 8-10 years before the entire project can be completed.

“I think there will be an immediate impact with these types of projects,” Yates said. “It’s a low dollar investment with a big impact.”

More: Public meeting to be held Tuesday night for those interested in "Dixie Do Over" project

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