Louisville, Kentucky’s six-mile Broadway corridor is bookended by residential neighborhoods with parks and businesses in between. Louisville Metro Government not only wanted to help people move more safety and efficiently through the city, but also wanted to elevate quality of life for residents, so they called on Gresham Smith to reimagine the roadway. Breaking the project down into three phases, our team will identify opportunities to create a forward-looking multi-modal corridor that meets the needs of all citizens and serves as a catalyst for economic development.

Client

Louisville Metro Government

Location

Louisville, KY

6

mile corridor

10

border neighborhoods

3

project phases

Understanding Current Conditions

Understanding Current Conditions

The first phase of the project, which is currently underway, focuses on collecting and analyzing data and engaging with the public to understand the current state of the Broadway corridor. Using a custom application, the Gresham Smith team has already collected more than 2,500 unique data points from the project site, including metrics related to accessibility, vacant properties, transit stops and lighting.
Developing Design Options

Developing Design Options

During the second phase of the project Gresham Smith will develop a variety of design strategies to address the corridor’s needs. Each design solution will be specific to the surrounding context and community, as well as responsive to current trends in transportation and land use. The project team will consider design features such as dedicated lanes for transit, smart transit stops based on real-time information, ecological design that improves air quality and reduces the heat island effect, and public art installations that create a sense of place.
One Final Vision

One Final Vision

During the third and final phase of the master planning process, Gresham Smith will deliver a final vision for the Broadway corridor. The design will be grounded in the community priorities identified during phase one and will recommend short-term, mid-term and long-term improvements. The finished master plan’s cutting-edge design strategies will enable the City of Louisville to compete on a national stage for federal funding to implement the improvement projects.

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Louis R. Johnson, PLA, ASLA
Louis R. Johnson, PLA, ASLA
Urban Designer