'Huge' portion of Dixie Highway to be renovated, thanks to $16.9 million grant
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A portion of Dixie Highway, from Broadway to the Gene Snyder Freeway, will be transformed into "a modern, safer, more pedestrian-friendly corridor," according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office.
The improvements will be made possible by a $16.9 million federal grant announced Monday by U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Fischer.
"This federal investment will not only respond to congestion and safety concerns, it will revitalize the Dixie Highway corridor, by making it a national model of regional commercial and multi-modal integration," said Yarmuth, according to the news release. "At a time when federal dollars for infrastructure have been severely cut, for this project to receive full funding shows just how important these improvements are to our city, this region and our nation."
Parts of Dixie Highway carry more than 60,000 vehicles a day and hosts the region's busiest bus route, Route 18, serving more than 4,800 daily riders, according to the release. It serves as a link for residents and businesses in southwest Louisville to jobs, educational institutions and medical centers elsewhere, as well as the nearby U.S. Army base at Fort Knox.
"The Transforming Dixie Highway project, funded through a federal TIGER grant and $11.5 million from the state, has three components: intelligent traffic signalization designed to reduce computer delays; improved safety through new sidewalks and improved crosswalks; and new buses and enhanced stops to accommodate Bus Rapid Transit, with lanes designated for buses only," the news release states.
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