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Proposal for bike lanes on Barret Avenue stirs community anger

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Proposed plans are in the works for new bike lanes along a narrow stretch in Louisville. The plan shows that lanes would go along Barret Avenue and continue onto Castlewood Avenue past Tyler Park. 

Metro Public Works held a meeting Monday night to inform impacted residents about the possible construction. One resident was very vocal with planners. 

"You know what would make it safer? Put a damn light down at the corner and a light at the top of the hill!" 

"If the people promoting this had to drive our intersections or live in our neighborhood, I don't think they would be a proponent," said Holly Abshire, who lives in the impacted area.

Average daily traffic numbers show 12,000 to 14,000 vehicles travel on Barret Avenue. Officials believe reducing the lanes means they will the reduce the number of collisions. 

"We want to try and reduce the crashes of cars on cars, cars on bikes and cars on people, and we want to get the injuries and fatalities down," said Dirk Gowin with Metro Public Works. 

Despite the bickering, residents were told to keep in mind this construction is just in the proposal phase. 

"If we don't have the support of the council person and the mayor, then we won't do the project," Gowin said. 

Construction would begin in the summer of 2017. There's no word on a budget for the project.  

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