LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man was hit by a car and killed while trying to cross Dixie Highway late Friday night.

The crash has people living in the area hoping a major highway project will help save lives.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, 46-year-old Brian Foley died after being hit by a car just before 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

LMPD said Foley was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk.

Councilman Rick Blackwell hopes the New Dixie Highway Project will help prevent tragedies along the infamously dangerous stretch of road.

Phase one of the $35 million dollar project was just recently completed. Crews are working in sections to avoid closing lanes along the entire corridor.

The plan includes widening sidewalks, adding new raised medians, and improving lighting.

"We're hoping that because it will be so lit up and be so inviting, in terms of safety, that we'll attract people to that,” Blackwell said. “They'll realize that it is worth a little bit of a walk to get to the safer crosswalk.”

Jayden White lives down the road from where Foley was killed.

White is hopeful the road will become safer but is uncertain if the project will have an impact on the busy stretch of road.

“It’s gonna happen, it’s Dixie Highway. There’s nothing you can do to prevent it,” White said.

The New Dixie Highway Project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

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