Welcome to Louisville (Part II)

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Consider the following:

The East End Bridge is supported by more than a 2 to 1 margin over a Downtown Bridge.
FrederickPolls, 500 Jefferson County Voters, January 2008

The East End Bridge will divert more than 30,000 cars per day from the Kennedy Bridge by 2025.
Ohio River Bridges Project, Environmental Impact Statement, 2003

Louisville's traffic congestion declined by 39% in 2008.
INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, January 2009

The Bridges Project will widen I-64 through Cherokee Park.
KYTC Kennedy Interchange Area Study, November 2008

The "8664" alternative provides 99% of the "system-wide performance" of the Bridges Project.
KYTC Kennedy Interchange Area Study, November 2008

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I had no idea it would be that easy to access the interstate.

What is going on at 0:18? That looks like a giant paved circle.

That's the intersection of 9th Street and Waterfront Parkway - an important connection on our future waterfront. We originally told the firm that created the rendering that we liked the idea of a large roundabout. Later, we took it out for fear that it might be a distraction to some people. Thanks for asking.

This video reiterates how much the West End could benefit from this genius idea. Most people in Louisville have probably never been west of 9th st. And I don't think it's a mystery that we have one of the country's largest concentrations of poverty in one area. Not saying this will change all of that but it certainly will be a step in the right direction.

Thanks and keep up the awesome work!

ok, really, i dont understand. i have to travel 64 east bound accross the city about once a week, i know many people who have to do it daily, i dont understand how you plan on shutting down a huge highway like that, that millions of people use on a daily basis...divert them to city roads? is that what i got from this? please explain as i am confused where the millions who have to use this...are going to go..

Amanda,

Picture Lake Shore Drive in Chicago as an example of what the Waterfront Parkway will eventually resemble - if built. LSD handles considerably more traffic daily than the stretch of I-64 this plan proposes to change (not remove!) into a boulevard.

You will still be able to move at nearly highway speeds to get almost anywhere in downtown Louisville, with the added benefit of being able to exit at more locations to allow even quicker and easier access.

Just because it's not elevated, or called an interstate, doesn't mean it won't get you where you want to go just as fast as before.

The summary of the Waxman-Markey bill (THE AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009) contains the following under the title Transportation Efficiency:

"The draft requires states to establish goals for reducing global warming pollution from the transportation sector and requires large metropolitan planning organizations to submit transportation plans to meet those goals."

Seems to me "Build massive inner city highway infrastructure to carry more vehicles" would likely not appear in a GHG reduction plan.

Didn't see bike and pedestrian accommodations jump out in the rendering but otherwise, nice work!

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