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Road changes creating stir in one Louisville neighborhood

A plan to install two roundabouts in front of the Louisville Zoo is creating a stir in one neighborhood.

If you've driven along Trevilian Way you might have seen one of these signs: seconds count. The fear is that changes to the road in front of the zoo will slow emergency responders. But the city says it is designed to slow traffic and improve safety.

Jean Reid has passed out 50 of these yard signs.

The phrase "Seconds Count!" refers to her concern that emergency response time to her home could be threatened once the city installs two roundabouts in front the Louisville Zoo.

"And that's what the sign is, if it's your house on fire or somebody that needs EMS, you don't want to wait more seconds," said Reid, Oak Hills Neighborhood Association.

Since learning of the plans, Reid has written letters to the mayor and councilman Jim King.

"The response we've gotten back is that this will improve pedestrian safety and will have no effect on emergency response time," said King.

The plan calls for two roundabouts. A larger one will be placed near Trevilian Way and Illinois Ave. near the zoo's main entrance. A smaller one will be placed a few hundred feet to the east.

"This is really a zoo project that is being managed by the public works department," said King.

But a zoo spokeswoman told us it was Councilman King's project he coordinated with Public Works. Either way, the city could break ground as earlier as November, which is worrisome to Reid, whose husband is a heart patient.

"As someone who has called EMS a number of times, my husband is a heart patient. Let me tell you I'm thrilled to see those guys come up here," said Reid.

"While there may be a slight delay, we don't feel like it will impact us as far as response to emergencies," said Chief Greg Frederick, Louisville Fire and Rescue.

Fire Chief Greg Frederick had the same concerns, but after meeting with a traffic engineer says the plan should not dramatically affect response time.

But for Reid, the nominal difference is enough to worry about.

"They're going to spend $500,000 to make a pretty entrance to the zoo because it's not really functional to me," said Reid.

Reid said she showed the plans to her local fire station and says they expressed concern about the plan. However, Fire Chief Frederick says his department will closely monitor the construction to ensure emergency crews have access.

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