Ninth Street Announcement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Friday, city leaders celebrated new safety improvements designed to make 9th Street more pedestrian-friendly.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other city leaders celebrated new safety improvements at South 9th Street and West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

AARP awarded the city more than $10,000 to help make the changes that include upgraded crosswalks, more plaza space and benches, as well as more public art.

The city says Ninth Street from River Road to Broadway averages 142 crashes per year, and officials say it's just going to get busier with the transformation of Beecher Terrace

"Many of us have heard of this as the '9th Street Divide,'" said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "One of my goals is to have that term gone and this be seen as the '9th Street Bridge' or the '9th Street Connector.'" 

The Beecher Terrace project is set to be finished in 2023. It will have 640 new housing units.

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