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City asks for patience ahead of potential $50 million Dixie Highway overhaul

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of Louisville's most dangerous roadways is gearing up for a major overhaul.

Dozens of people packed the Southwest Library on Wednesday night to get learn more about the $50 million project.

Planners laid out preliminary plans to improve traffic flow, safety and economic development along Dixie Highway. One of the biggest additions is a new Bus Rapid Transit line to ease traffic congestion.

But with all the construction, officials warn traffic may get worse before it gets better. 

"Though they're disruptive, the changes will ... hopefully will be very transformative for the corridor," said John Callihan, Director of Transportation for Louisville Metro Government. "So I would just ask folks to bear with us. Hang in there."

In addition to the Bus Rapid Transit Line, the city plans to put in wide sidewalks, enhanced crosswalks and more overhead lighting.

If approved, work could begin next summer and be completed in 2019.

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