Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces $2 Million in Improvements on University of Louisville Campus

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Eastern Parkway project will improve student safety and better manage traffic

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has authorized a significant road improvement project on the University of Louisville campus. The Governor visited the campus today to present President James Ramsey with a ceremonial check for $2 million for long-term improvements to the on-campus section of Eastern Parkway, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists.

“This is an important project for the University of Louisville and its student body,” said Governor Fletcher. “Addressing traffic and safety concerns on campus is just one of the positive things we can do to help a university grow and succeed. A reduction of lanes, designated crossings and wider sidewalks are just a few of the elements of this project that will improve safety for pedestrians and better manage traffic flow.”

The improvements planned for the site include:

  • Lane reduction or “road diet,” which will reduce the current four-lane Eastern Parkway to two-lanes from the intersection of Third Street to the I-65 interchange;
  • Wider sidewalks to facilitate pedestrian traffic;
  • Improved pedestrian signals and advanced warning signs for safety;
  • Elimination of northbound free-flow traffic to improve safety of newly proposed pedestrian crossing of Eastern Parkway at Third Street;
  • Addition of a landscaped median with fence to prevent mid-street crossings;
  • Addition of an island to facilitate pedestrian crossings of Eastern Parkway at Third Street;
  • Addition of landscaped buffers to improve the aesthetics and cohesion of the Belknap Campus areas (these buffers will allow future flexibility to add bicycle lanes on Eastern Parkway if recommended as part of the Louisville Olmstead Park’s Conservatory’s study;
  • And the addition of overhead mast arm truck warning system south of the railroads bridge with high visibility advance signals to reduce collisions.

 “This funding is important in two ways. First, it will eliminate a potentially dangerous situation for our many students who have to cross Eastern Parkway every day,” said President Ramsey. “Second, it will improve the attractiveness of the area and will help bridge the divide that isolates the Speed School of Engineering and its students from the rest of Belknap Campus."

Latest statistics show the daily traffic volume on Eastern Parkway is 17,500 vehicles.  More than 250 pedestrians cross the roadway on a typical weekday morning.  The improvements will provide a safer more pedestrian friendly campus.

“These improvements promote walking and healthier lifestyle activities in a safe environment,” concluded Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert.  “Those are essential components of Governor Fletcher’s efforts to build strong communities across the commonwealth.”