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Butchertown residents say Brownsboro Road curve needs to change now

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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.
Plans for a re-striping proposed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Plans for a re-striping proposed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

The corner where Brownsboro Road turns into Story Avenue is dangerous, residents say. The treacherous curve has long been a problem Butchertown residents say needs to be fixed.

On Thursday, neighbors and city leaders gathered to discuss the issue and residents urged city leaders to approve a change in the traffic pattern to slow cars down.

Butchertown resident Joe Bringardner is currently without a car because his was totaled in a hit and run.

"We love the neighborhood," Bringardner began. "We love Butchertown but we're all getting smashed because of this curve."
His story is just one of many.

"One family that lives right across the street from us, they don't drive any longer. They merely walk and bike everywhere because of that," he said. 
It's a problem residents who live along Story Avenue are no longer willing to live with.

"We've considered moving and so have several other neighbors," resident Steve Cowart said. "We don't want to. We love our community and we love our neighborhood but then again, safety comes first."

That's why neighbors have gathered together to come up with solutions and propose them to city leaders.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has come up with a plan they say will help. It involves repaving the road and re-striping it. KYTC's work would also make the curve a single lane. 

But neighbors say that's not enough. 

"We're going to propose that they channelize that street coming down Brownsboro, that will be re-striped, but that we build a median that will be coming out 12 to 14 feet off the curb that will force the cars to the right and then to the left," Bringardner said. "It's sort of like a roundabout, but it's attached to the curb and it allows us to have ample space and put in a tree canopy and a welcome to Butchertown sign and we've even got local landscapers willing to donate all the work."

He says statistics don't fairly represent how serious the problem is. That's why he wants to get the attention of police and government officials.

"I've met with six different people in the last two weeks that have had their cars hit and they say they can't get insured or they're underinsured so they don't bother reporting it any longer," Bringardner said. "I really hope we don't get to the point where it takes a fatality, losing a neighbor for the city to step up and really do something to help solve this."

KYTC will repave and re-stripe the road in November. Butchertown residents hope the transportation cabinet will also consider a change to traffic flow in the near future. 

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