Bardstown Road is somewhat of a destination in the Highlands, but it's also one of the most dangerous roads in the city. But an idea to improve safety along the busy stretch could improve conditions while also slowing down traffic.
According to a study that looked at ways to improve the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue corridor between Broadway and the Watterson Expressway, the proposal would get rid of the Bardstown Road's current restrictions at rush hour.
Metro Councilman Brandon Coan said the road needs to be safer for everyone, especially pedestrians.
"For 20 hours out of 24 hours during the weekday, Bardstown Road is one lane in every direction with parking on both sides of the street," Coan said. "But we have this thing in the morning and afternoon where people don't follow the rules about not parking, the lights are confusing, and it's kind of chaos. The proposal here gets rid of that and makes it so you can park in the right lanes of Bardstown Road 24 hours a day."
Crash data shows two car crashes every day and nine pedestrians crashes every year along the corridor.
"That's way too many and unacceptable," Coan said.
In addition to proposed lane changes, the plan adds more crosswalks and lighting, and there would be left turn lanes at signaled intersections. There would be permanent on-street parking, but one exception is between Douglass Loop to Taylorsville Road. Instead, there would be two travel lanes in each direction and a two-way left-turn lane.
"They're talking potentially about eliminating parking in front of our building, which would be pretty bad for us," said one business owner in the area.
Officials want public feedback and said the plan could still change. The final plan and cost estimate should be ready this summer. The city and the state would have to figure out ways to fund it.
For more information, click here. And below are the full details of the plan outlined Thursday night:
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