[glcb] Support the Brownsboro Rd. Sidewalk! 1/25/12 Meeting!
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From: Cassandra Culin <kyspring at bellsouth.net
Subject: Support the Brownsboro Rd. Sidewalk! 1/25/12 Meeting!
Date sent: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 21:51:12 -0500
To all Lovers of Walkable Neighborhoods (my apologies if you
more than once),
The Brownsboro Sidewalk and Road Diet will be on the agenda of
District Forum. Please come out and show the naysayers that
there is broad
support for this important project! While you are there thank
District Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh for her continuing
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Kentucky School for the Blind, Auditorium
867 Frankfort Avenue
6:00 PM - Forum with Guest Speakers
7:00 PM - Question & Answers
* Imagine that you live in an apartment complex in Clifton
Heights (a friend
from China) on a cliff that overlooks a Kroger store, but you
the four lanes of speeding traffic at the stoplight at the bottom
cliff because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on your side of the street.
* Imagine that you are an 89 year old woman who lives in Clifton
who wants to walk to have her hair cut on a beautiful afternoon,
cannot cross the four lanes of speeding traffic at the light at
of the hill because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on the other side of the
* Imagine that you are a woman with very low vision who lives in
neighbor) taking a different route for her errands. You ask at
you can cross at the light at the corner to the businesses across
street. Someone (mistakenly) tells you yes, but when you cross
lane road, THERE IS NO SIDEWALK on the other side. Fortunately
stops long enough for you to make your way back.
These walkers and countless more, have to travel at least 1/2 mi
their way to cross at a light, because THERE IS NO SIDEWALK at
The Clifton and Clifton Heights Community Councils have been
over 12 years (the blind community for over 30) to get sidewalks
on the north side of Brownsboro Avenue at Clifton Avenue (across
Kroger) between Ewing and Lindsay. Both neighborhoods are
and close to downtown. The problem is that the cliff on the
north side of
Brownsboro comes straight down to the curb.
Our neighborhoods and Louisville officials explored several
1. rejected: cut into the cliff. After much study, the old City
that this would be too risky, considering the apartment complex
top of the cliff.
2. rejected: move the road south to make room for the sidewalk.
being extremely expensive, entailing moving utility poles and
is not enough public right of way on the south side to
accommodate the move.
Metro decided not to pursue this option.
3. current project: make Brownsboro Road a 3-lane road: middle
with a traveling lane on each side. Engineering studies showed
Road to be well within the volume for which this is a successful
configuration. The northernmost lane would be used to build the
The Brownsboro Sidewalk and Diet Project was fully funded in
construction projected for the spring. However, Metro capital
cut and the project was put on hold. It then spent time on the
stimulus funding list. Then it was deemed not to be "shovel
ready" and was
placed on the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency
Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). Finally, after many stops
down the bureaucratic line between KIPDA, Metro and the Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), a contractor was selected last
Construction is now projected for this spring, 2012.
For a photograph and more background information see:
Come out to the meeting or email Metro Councilwoman Tina
Tina.Ward-Pugh at louisvilleky.gov ) if you can!
We appreciate your support.
Cassandra Culin, Clifton Chair
Neighborhood Pedestrian and Bicycle Access Committee
A Joint Committee of the Clifton, Clifton Heights, and Crescent
185 N. Bellaire Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
502-895-5727; fax 502-896-9760; cell 502-594-4405
kyspring at bellsouth.net
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