Welcome to Louisville Video (Part I)

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Entering downtown from the East End

The State's "8664" traffic study incorrectly terminated all off ramps from Spaghetti Junction at Clay Street. This video shows how I-364 (today's I-64) would flow seamlessly through a simplified SJ to Waterfront Parkway. 

The video continues west along the Parkway to Roy Wilkins Boulevard (9th Street), which will become a significant central, unifying street. In the near future, we will release other videos showing different perspectives of Louisville's future.

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Mainly: nice video! How did you render it? That's a ton of work right there.


A possible problem: I hate it when expressway traffic merges into surface traffic without first getting the psychological slapping around of a stoplight and a turn. If you've ever been on foot around the Jackson St exit to I-65 near Shelby Park, you know what I mean - its not unusual to see people doing 55mph on surface streets, because there's an uninterupted flow from the expressway with no breakwater.

Come to think of it, there weren't any traffic lights in that video, when clearly there would be several.

I see you did take the time to add on-street car parking. Might as well add some pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit. And with the river on the right, this would be the perfect place for a bike lane.

Thanks for commenting. All good points. Given more time and money, we would have included much more density in terms of pedestrians, transportation modes and visual details.

Great rendering!

Will there be another video showing traffic flowing from 64 to the parkway and back on 64? I'm afraid the current video might make people think they will have to turn on Roy Wilkins to access the interstate.

Good stuff. Funny on the same day you guys release this the Mayor is in the paper talking about installing picnic tables under the Kennedy bridge. What vision this Mayor has;)

Very cool. It's kind of like getting off of I-55 to cruise up Lakeshore Blvd. in Chicago. I love it! Keep up the great work you are doing for our community.

While this is all good and great to be worrying about, you all might want to realize that Louisville will not be a city to visit if people in the city don't figure out how to get the crime under control. In case no one's noticed, Louisville is rivaling New Orleans for murder rate and crime rate. Who's going to want to visit your city and use your "wonderful" riverfront if their going to be in danger?

I've been following this ever since I moved to this city in 2003. I absolutely love it! I still think Louisville is a young city but this could propel it forward even more.

Being a young 23 year old; This city has to do something to get people to stay here after college and attract new businesses or it won't ever grow. The 8664 project seems like such a common sense thing to do.

Why can't certain people just see it?

I don't think the 8664 group fully appreciates the impact taking 64 to street level will have. Won't you be cutting off the great lawn and the rest of the park? Have you done ANY sort of legitimit traffic study. Does everyone realize that to move forward with your idea, the planning process has to go back to the beginning, since there has been a Record of Decision, and another NEPA document would be required.

Have you even hired a design consultant (one prequalified by the state to do highway planning and design) to look at your idea? To see if it is truly feasible? I don't think the toll idea will fly, because Indiana doesn't want it's residents to have to pay for the bridge, and they have a say in the project as well. But I honestly don't believe 8664 will work either. Good luck moving forward with your plan.

P.S. Just because the legislation for the new authority was defeated doesn't mean the project has turned to the 8664 idea. It means that the project is delayed until funding is found (see the NEPA document comment for further reference).

Tim, Thanks for your comment. We encourage you to explore our site in greater detail. We do not suggest "taking I-64 to street level." Have you ever been to Portland, OR or San Francisco? These cities have great examples of how an at-grade roadway with well designed signalized intersections dramatically improves pedestrian and bike access to their waterfronts. Given more time and money, this video would more clearly show the intersections and crosswalks.

And YES, we did hire one of the foremost authorities in smart transportation design. Walter Kulash's full assessment is available here on our site. He determined that this approach -- rerouting interstate traffic around downtown -- was not only possible, but a good idea. Furthermore, the State studied this solution and determined that it provides 99% of the system-wide performance as the Two Bridge "Solution".

Mr. Kulash also said that the change to the current project could be made relatively easily because it addresses "cross-river mobility" and is within the environmental "footprint" of the existing project. I'd again refer you to the "8664 Feasibility Study" in the left hand navigation menu.

Are you aware that adding tolls to the current project will add a significant delay? It will likely require that the Record of Decision ("ROD") be opened which could be very advantageous to those who wish to stop the East End Bridge. Food for thought.

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