Grinstead Drive to be closed for Road Diet July 26-29
Lane reduction to improve safety and mobility
Louisville, KY (July 18, 2013) – Construction is scheduled to begin next week for a road diet of Grinstead Drive (KY 2860) between Cherokee Road and Cherokee Parkway (US 60A). This one-mile section of roadway will be reduced from four travel lanes to two thru lanes, a continuous middle turning lane and one parking lane.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a contract in June for this project which includes resurfacing Grinstead Drive between Bardstown Road (US 31E) and Cherokee Parkway, improving drainage structures and upgrading sidewalk ramps to ADA compliance.
Work will begin next week on the improvements to the sidewalk ramps and drainage structures. Lane closures are possible daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Crews will also be working on changes to the roadway signage and the traffic signal at the Cherokee Parkway intersection. Upon completion of the project, there will be a dedicated left turn lane from southbound Grinstead Drive to Cherokee Parkway.
Grinstead Drive is scheduled for closure between Cherokee Road and Cherokee Parkway (mile points 0.09 and 0.94) from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 29. Local access will be allowed for residents on the northbound direction only of Grinstead Drive during this closure. All through traffic must follow the signed detour via Cherokee Road and Cherokee Parkway (see diagram below).
During the road closure, contract crews will mill off the old pavement, resurface the roadway with high friction asphalt and restripe the roadway. The section between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Parkway will be striped with two 10-foot thru lanes, an 11-foot two-way left turn lane and two 4.5-foot bike lanes. Between Willow Avenue and Cherokee Road, the bike lanes will be combined to create a parking lane and cyclists will share the road with motorists. The current roadway configuration is a four-lane undivided with 10-foot wide lanes.
“Grinstead Drive has one of the highest crash rates in Jefferson County. The goal of this project is to improve safety by reducing roadway run-offs, side swipe collisions and head-on crashes,” stated Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways District 5 Office in Louisville. “The high friction pavement will act to reduce lane departures. The two-way left turn lane will act as a buffer between opposing traffic to reduce side-swipe collisions as well as provide left turn storage for vehicles.”
KYTC partnered with Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen, Louisville Metro Department of Public Works and the Louisville Metro Police Department to develop this project. The proposed striping plan was presented to the public in the fall of 2011 followed by a two-week comment period.
Approximately 14,400 vehicles use Grinstead Drive each day.
Flynn Brothers Contracting was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $232,532. The project is being federally funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program. The contract completion date is November 15, 2013.
The starting date and duration of work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.