8664 won't create gridlock
There are many national and international examples of successful urban freeway removal. Portland, San Francisco, New York City, Milwaukee, Chattanooga, Seoul, South Korea, etc. In all of these examples, critics warned of traffic gridlock. While this fear of the unknown served as an effective scare tactic, the results do not support it.Â
Currently our most significant traffic congestion is on limited-access expressways and ramps. The Bridges Project solution is to build larger expressways, making our current problem even bigger.
8664 will improve access to downtown
Our name is a little confusing. We don't actually want to remove I-64, just a small section (1.8 miles) of I-64 on Louisville's waterfront. The rest of I-64 inside the I-265 beltway will remain exactly as it is today, but be renamed I-364.
Coming into town from the east, both I-364 and I-71 will have improved access into downtown via new ramps that extend from Spaghetti Junction into the downtown street grid.Â
To improve "cross-river mobility," in addition to an upstream bridge, we should consider using active lane management on the Clark Memorial Bridge. Like the Golden Gate Bridge and Bardstown Road, active lane management would allow us to have three lanes coming south in the morning and three lanes going north in the afternoon.Â
It's not too late for 8664
A very small portion of the Bridges Project is currently funded, so it is not too late. The former Bridges Project project manager said, "Now is the time to look at this."
The Bridges Project will take at least 14 years to complete and we will have to live with the results for 100 years, so it's not too late to consider what is best for Louisville.