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Dixie Highway makeover plans include new buses and synced traffic lights

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A rendering shows one of the 'town center' developments included in the incentive deals for developers. A rendering shows one of the 'town center' developments included in the incentive deals for developers.
A rendering shows focal points and the phases in which the project will be completed. A rendering shows focal points and the phases in which the project will be completed.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a multi-million dollar plan to give Dixie Highway a new look and make the area safer and the city plans to use federal dollars to help make it happen. 

The three-phase project is set to get started in the spring with updates first coming to the Shively area, including new pavement, sidewalks, and medians.

"It is a long term project," Councilman David Yates (D-District 25) said. 

Councilman Yates is talking about new sidewalks, lighting, improved turn lanes and raised medians in an area that sees more than 60,000 vehicles a day.

"Dixie Highway is the largest corridor in the city, it is major, but the way it was developed it was incremental over the years it didn't really have a plan," Yates said. 

But it does now.

The Dixie Do-Over project sets out to improve driver and pedestrian safety and is expected to cost more than $30 million.

Wednesday night, the city talked about plans to use $16.9 million in federal money to convert 15 miles of Dixie Highway from Broadway to the Gene Snyder. The area is known to many as Dixie "Dieway."

"Hopefully, from a statistical point of view, we'll see fewer crashes, we will see fewer injuries and fewer deaths particularly for pedestrians and the ultimate measure of success is hopefully someday, future generations will only know the term Dixie Dieway as a piece of history," Chief of Louisville Forward Mary Ellen Wiederwohl said. 

Improvements include eight new TARC buses and 36 covered stops at a cost of nearly $12 million. Another $5 million would pay for synching traffic lights and video surveillance to help traffic move easily.

"There's gonna be a lot of good stuff coming," Wiederwohl said. 

The city would give developers incentives to build four new, specially-landscaped shopping centers.
 
More than $11 million in local and state funds are being used for the projects too. 

The federal TIGER grant will not be available until 2017.

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