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Butchertown Neighborhood residents want traffic pattern change on Story Ave curve

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Where Brownsboro Road turns into Story Avenue, the speed limit is 15 mph but most cars take that curve too fast resulting in property damage for nearby residents. Where Brownsboro Road turns into Story Avenue, the speed limit is 15 mph but most cars take that curve too fast resulting in property damage for nearby residents.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Residents in Butchertown are taking matters into their owns hands after many homes and parked cars have been smashed by speeding drivers.

Where Brownsboro Road turns into Story Avenue, the speed limit is 15 mph but most cars take the curve too fast resulting in property damage for nearby residents.

It's a busy thoroughfare that connects east Louisville to downtown, but it's in the middle of a residential neighborhood. We watched as cars went by and a digital speedometer showed most drivers taking the turn anywhere from 15-20 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Those who live on the curve say it's time for a change.

"I've had one car hit twice and another car hit and totaled,” said Joe Bringardner.

Bringardner has lived on Story Avenue for about a year now.

“We were hit I think within the third month, our first car was hit pretty bad. Within the next couple of months I witnessed, myself, three more accidents,” said Bringardner.

He showed us a number of pictures of accident, which he says usually happen in the middle of the night or when there's bad weather. Residents say it’s become such a problem, they try not to even park their cars on story avenue anymore. But they say houses and fences are also being hit.

Bringardner says most of the wrecks are hit and runs, leaving the victim to take care of his or her damaged property. Residents who live on the curve are even willing to contribute their own money to a renovation project.

“We've got a number of solutions. We'd even be willing as a neighborhood to jump in financially to see what we can do,” said Bringardner, who sits on the board of the Butchertown Neighborhood Association.

He says he's met with urban planners and many agree the curve is dangerous, but they don't think speed bumps or rumble strips will do the trick.

"Ideally, we'd love to see a roundabout there. (There’s) ample space to have green space and a roundabout which would enforce cars slowing down and would not stop the flow of traffic whatsoever,” Bringardner said.

Residents say they want a traffic pattern change before another person gets hurt or even killed.

The road is state owned which means it might take more work to make any changes, but those with the Butchertown Neighborhood Association are taking their concerns to local and state officials.

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