Plans to improve pedestrian and traffic safety on Dixie Highway finalized ahead of construction
Efforts are underway to improve Dixie Highway, what many consider to be the deadliest road in Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Efforts are underway to improve Dixie Highway, what many consider to be the deadliest road in Louisville.
Neighbors complained about which sections need sidewalks the most, and the city has now finalized those plans and posted them online.
"It's scary dude," Antwane Oliver said. "You be ready to lose your life out here."
Dixie Highway is a hot-spot for wrecks involving cars and pedestrians.
"You don't have a sidewalk," Oliver said. "You've gotta watch for cars the whole time."
Oliver works at a nearby restaurant and has to make the nerve-wracking walk without a sidewalk.
"It makes you wonder if a person is gonna see you or not," he said. "If they're gonna accidentally dip over, somebody could be drunk."
The $35 million plan to overhaul Dixie Highway involves nearly four miles of the most-traveled and most-dangerous section, from Greenwood Road to Crums Lane.
It's the city's biggest transportation effort since the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The plan calls for adding six-and eight-foot sidewalks and medians. Most will be concrete curbs with some key intersections featuring wider, landscaped medians.
These features are expected to improve safety by limiting drivers' ability to make left turns.
The city held several public feedback sessions to find out where to put medians and sidewalks. Those plans are now finalized with maps available online.
"It makes me feel like my tax dollars are being used good," Oliver said.
The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2019. Click here to see the plans.
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