POV | We need a new plan for downtown street repair
I have pointed out the deplorable conditions of downtown Louisville streets several times this past summer. I even got an acknowledgment from the city that said, "We get it. You're upset about the streets."
What we didn't get was any improvement. They continue to tear up street after street, intersection after intersection, choking downtown within an inch of its life. They start new disruptive construction work before completing the old work.
When they do finish, the streets are often in worse shape than before they started. This is bad for tourism, bad on cars, and bad on our image.
I support the necessary infrastructure work that must be done. But we appear to be doing it without a real plan to keep the city traffic running smoothly.
I don't just have a complaint. I offer a solution. First, I would have them finish fixing the streets they've already torn up before starting a new project. No more abandoning a construction site for days at a time while they tear up a new street.
Second, I would put every project on a 24-hour-a-day schedule to get them done quicker. Yes, I would have them work at night, when traffic downtown is slow.
Finally, I would require every completed street to be smoother than before the project started.
How would you fix the problem? Call us and tell us.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.
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