This county-wide Transportation Study came at an important time for Clark County. The extension of I-265 and its new crossing of the Ohio River will greatly impact the transportation network throughout the county, decreasing traffic volumes on many surface streets while increasing volumes on roads that provide interstate connections.
The reconstruction and capacity expansion of the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in the downtowns of Jeffersonville and Louisville will also bring much needed traffic congestion relief and changes to the local street networks. Finally, major employment and multimodal facilities such as the River Ridge Commerce Center and improvements at the Port of Indiana require changes to the transportation network to support continued growth.
The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) and Clark County hired Lochmueller Group to produce the study. It covers the entire county, including all cities and towns and the full transportation network: vehicular, transit, pedestrian, bicycle, and freight. It identified deficiencies in the existing network, analyzed alternatives to correct these deficiencies, and recommended an implementation plan.
The process involved technical analysis by traffic engineers and professionals, guidance and input from a Project Study Team made up of representatives from local governmental and transportation-related agencies, and comments and suggestions from the public at multiple open houses.
The final product truly represented a comprehensive transportation plan. Recommended road projects ranged from small scale, spot improvements such as intersection upgrades, to larger scale new terrain roadways that connected major employment centers. The study also identified needed transit and freight projects and areas in need of public bus routes. And finally the study tied together each local city’s pedestrian/trail plans into a single network.