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Galt House concerned about planned removal of pedways

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You may have to watch your step more closely when crossing at least one downtown street. A pedway allowing easy access to the convention center will be going away.

The pedway allows people to cross Market St. between a busy parking garage and the convention center without braving the elements or downtown traffic. But enjoy it now. This time next year, the pedway will likely be gone.

The pedway is being demolished as part of the multi-million dollar renovation of the downtown convention center. Fair Board CEO Rip Rippetoe says the pedway does not fit with the new design, and would cost too much to rebuild.

There's also a security concern. He says the pedway spills traffic into areas reserved for conventions.

"...and interrupt their breaks, and interrupt registration and then create other issues for us, in terms of security and vandalism and other issues," Rippetoe told WDRB News.

But the owner of the 130-room Galt House is concerned about hotel guests spilling into the streets.

"The traffic congestion that it makes, plus the safety of our guests are a huge concern to me," said Mary Moseley, president and CEO of the A.J. Schneider Co.

Rev. Charles Elliott says he's especially concerned about the elderly and disabled.

"Weather, sometimes, is bad. They don't have to be out in the weather," he said.

The two sides are talking. Rippetoe says he's exploring alternatives, but is making no promises yet.

"We understand their concerns. We are exploring options to see if there's anything that can be modified. It's too early to tell," he said.

The plan also calls for the demolition of the pedway connecting the convention center to the Hyatt Hotel.

The one connecting to the Marriott will be spared.

There is no specific date yet for demolition of the pedways, but the renovation of the convention center begins next August.

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