What is the Louisville Loop?
The Louisville Loop is a planned, approximately 100-mile shared-use path that will circle Louisville and connect many neighborhoods, parks, schools, and historic and cultural sites. To date, 39 miles have been built along the Riverwalk, on the levee in southwest Louisville, along Floyds Fork and portions across southern Louisville. Design and/or construction are underway for another 45.3 miles of the Loop. The Loop route has been planned on all segments of the Loop except the connection between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville.
What is the Ohio River Valley Northeast Loop project?
Why is this section of the Loop so important? Several past studies have identified potential Loop routes between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge in downtown, but currently no final route has been identified for this portion of the Loop. Working with residents and community stakeholders, this study will identify and plan the best route between these two points. The study area boundaries are Brownsboro Road, the Ohio River, the Big Four Bridge and Prospect.
Hasn’t this been studied before?
Yes…and no. Previous plans, some dating back to the 1930s, recommended that parks and open spaces be preserved along River Road as a scenic gateway to Louisville for travelers coming from the north. More recent plans such as the Ohio River Corridor Master Plan (1996) and the River Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan (2008) have recommended strategies for protecting the beauty and safety of those corridors and neighborhoods. Some of those studies included a recreational path in the river corridor. No final routes for the path have ever been established or adopted. This study will examine those previous studies as part of the planning process and broadens the study area to include Brownsboro Road.
Why is this section of the Loop so important?
Several past studies have identified potential Loop routes between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge in downtown, but currently no final route has been identified for this portion of the Loop. Working with residents and community stakeholders, this study will identify and plan the best route between these two points. The study area boundaries are Brownsboro Road, the Ohio River, the Big Four Bridge and Prospect. First, it completes the approximately 100-mile route that begins at the Big Four Bridge downtown and works its way counterclockwise around the city. The planned route for the system currently terminates at Prospect. This planning process will identify the final remaining gap between Prospect and the Big Four Bridge downtown in the plan. Another important aspect of the Loop is its potential to identify, preserve and connect scenic, natural and cultural resources within the corridor. This area of Louisville is rich in historic, archaeological, scenic, and natural features. One of the goals of the Loop is to “tell the story” of each area where the path is built and help protect those important sites and the value that they bring to our community.
Is this plan about bicycles?
Yes, partly,…but bicycles are just one type of trail use on the Louisville Loop. We are committed to finding and providing the safest, most aesthetically pleasing way to allow all users – pedestrians and cyclists to use the Loop in the study area. We will consider all ideas and options for off-road and on-road bike facilities. We will explore the recreation and transportation needs and concerns of residents, commuters and others who use the roads in the study area whether on foot, on a bike or in a motor vehicle.
What is the timeline for this planning study?
It is anticipated that this study will conclude by the end 2015.
How can I stay up to date with the project?
This project website has been developed which will include project materials, information, and feedback opportunities. The web address is http://www.linkingtheloop.wordpress.com. If you click the “follow” button on the side of this page, you will be notified by email when any changes are made or new materials have been posted to this site. Project updates will be posted regularly on the Louisville Loop Facebook Page. There will also be a number of public meetings, focus group meetings, and individual stakeholder meetings. To request a meeting or to request to be included on one of the project’s focus groups, send an email to: LinkingtheLoop@tswdesigngroup.com.
For more information:
Milana Boz- Project Manager
Louisville Metro Parks
PO Box 37280
Louisville, KY 40233-7280
PHONE: (502) 456-8141