Road widening on pace
from downtown to Gene Snyder
LOUISVILLE (February 2006) Pending good weather
between now and spring and the relocation of utility lines, ongoing
work to widen five miles of Westport Road all the way to the I-265 Gene
Snyder Freeway is progressing on schedule, according to Kentucky Transportation
More than 100 people gathered Jan. 19 at Episcopal Church
Home to hear the latest news on the ongoing road widening project. It
was the third such forum sponsored by the North East Louisville Business
Association. Two previous forums were held early last year.
The only thing stopping us (from staying on schedule) is utility
relocation, said Greg Groves, Branch Manager for Pre-Construction.
The widening project is taking place in four sections at a time. The
first section to Lyndon Lane is completed. The second section extends
to Hurstbourne Parkway. Officials are accepting bids on that section
now, Groves said. Work will begin in spring and we will start
turning dirt as soon as the utilities have been relocated.
Bids will be let for work on the West Section, from Ambrose
Circle to Hubbards Lane, in fall 2006, he said.
The new interchange at Watterson Expressway will be the final piece
of the project. The major parcels of private land for the interchange
were purchased eight years ago, but some slivers of backyards
still need to be negotiated. Federal funding for the interchange was
made available last December. Construction is expected to begin in late
2006 or early 2007, Groves said, with completion planned for late 2008
or early 2009.
The interchange is a two-year project, Groves said. It will
be designed as an urban diamond, similar to the one at Bardstown
Road and I-264, where the ramps come in to one stoplight. The design
also will incorporate 14-foot decorative retaining walls to act as sound
barriers, he said.
The section of Westport Road from Lyndon Lane to Hurstbourne Parkway
is being funded with state money, but the rest of the widening project
and the interchange is being paid for with federal dollars.
Groves noted that $1 million was added to the yet-to-be-approved Six-Year
Highway Plan for landscaping the entire route. We will need to
sit down with local neighborhood associations to work out an agreement
on how to maintain that landscaping, once its there, he
Asked about the installation of new traffic lights, Groves said no additional
stoplights are planned. We have a department that is constantly
monitoring roads for the need for new stoplights, but we generally dont
like to put them up because once theyre in, theyre usually
there forever. Groves added that the current 35-mph speed limit
would remain the same on the finished road.
Ellen Wade, the business associations president, said such forums
are important to help residents and business owners stay up to date
on major changes to their community.
We have held these meetings to help the neighborhoods understand
how they can work better together with government, Wade said.
For more information about the North East
Louisville Business Association, which serves Brownsboro and Westport
Roads, visit: www.nelba.com.
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