Gathering Momentum for The New Dixie Highway
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Gathering Momentum for New Dixie Highway  

The New Dixie Highway project team is beginning work on final designs for this transformative project that will improve the safety and efficiency of the corridor.

The designs will be put together with input gathered from Dixie-area businesses and residents over the past several months.  More than 300 people attended open house information sessions, and the project’s Advisory Team provided continued guidance on preliminary designs.

The New Dixie Highway will be a safer, more efficient Dixie Highway, with modern safety designs, signal improvements, and better sidewalks and crosswalks, particularly in the Crums Lane to Greenwood Road segment of the highway. A federal grant is paying for the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit system for TARC riders along this popular corridor.

“The recommendations from the advisory team of local business leaders and residents, as well as comments on social media and from the people attending our open house meetings will inform all the decisions we make as finalize the designs,” said John Callihan, Director of Transportation for Louisville Metro. “From the exact placement of left turn options, to the style of medians being planned, to the look of the Bus Rapid Transit stops, we are committed to making the New Dixie Highway a safer, more attractive and efficient corridor.”  

The project officially launched at a news conference in August with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer at the new Kroger Marketplace – the first of the superstore-style Kroger locations in the metro area and a symbol of the type of economic development that can be supported by improved roadway infrastructure

Next Up:

  • Design teams will begin work on the look, name and brand of the new Bus Rapid Transit system, and the project team will start developing final plans form the preliminary designs for the entire project, including access management.

FAQ's on The New Dixie Highway

  • What is the purpose of this project? The changes to Dixie Highway will make the corridor less congested and safer for drivers and pedestrians. It will also make bus service in the area even more reliable and convenient and will, in some areas, create a more pleasing “look” to the area, which is more attractive for businesses.
  • When will construction start? We are currently working on the design and planning phases of the project. The main construction work should begin late summer or early fall of 2017. The New Dixie Highway is the biggest investment in public infrastructure in Louisville since the Ohio River Bridges project started.
  • How much is this going to cost? More than $50 million is currently invested in public projects throughout the corridor.  The New Dixie Highway Project is a specific project to provide safety improvements, Bus Rapid Transit, and traffic signal enhancements.  The New Dixie Highway project is a $30 million investment, with funding from the national, state, and local level.
  • How can I learn more about the project? You can follow the project on Facebook and Twitter at the links below. Or follow the project at the website

Dixie Highway Area in the News:

  • Russell Neighborhood, which sits at the top of the Dixie Highway/18th Street Corridor and will be part of The New Dixie Highway’s Bus Rapid Transit System, will receive $295 million HUD grant.
  • Police visit Shively area elementary school to discuss safety. 
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