Back to School Events at UCHM and St. MAM Thursday, Jul 28 2016 

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United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) to host a Back to School Affair on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 150 S. State Street. Plan to attend for school supplies, dental screenings, vision screenings, hot dogs & drinks. Please RSVP to 893-0346.

St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM) will be distributing school supplies to 40207 residents on Wednesday, August 3rd from 10a.m. – Noon at 201 Biltmore Road.  Each family needs to show proof of residency with a current bill, a photo I.D. and your child’s school supply list. There are no guarantees that everyone will receive supplies.  Questions, please contact St. MAM at 893-0205.

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Preparedness for Heat Wave Thursday, Jul 21 2016 

With temperatures forecast to the high 90s or even 100 this week, please stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.

Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and those with chronic medical conditions.

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, offered tips for staying safe, including:

       Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Contact Metro United Way at 2-1-1 or metrounitedway.org to locate a cooling center in your area, including libraries, community centers and government buildings.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Take special care of your pets in the heat, including ample shade and water and limits on exercise.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

 Stay informed

  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Visit gov/emergencyservices to find local information and tips for preventing heat sickness.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.

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Downtown Crossing: New Ramp and Traffic Changes Friday, Jul 15 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 15, 2016)The new ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 will soon open to traffic as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

“This ramp is the perfect example of improvements being made in the Kennedy Interchange,” said Deputy State Highway Engineer and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber. “Drivers had to cross lanes of I-64 to reach

I-65. Now, they’ll have their own ramp, eliminating a difficult merge. This project is organizing traffic, as we untangle some of the weaves in Spaghetti Junction.  The result will be a safer and faster commute.”Ramp

As the new ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 opens to traffic, a number of significant traffic changes are expected. All changes are expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18.

New Ramp from Story Avenue to I-65

A new ramp will take drivers from Story Avenue to I-65. The flyover ramp means drivers will no longer be merging across lanes of I-64 West to reach I-65 North and I-65 South. The new ramp is expected to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.

Drivers will continue to use the left lane of the Story Avenue ramp to access I-64 West. The right lane of the ramp will take drivers to I-65 North and I-65 South.

“Drivers are getting their own paths,” said Steven Schauer, Walsh Construction project manager. “As we get closer to project completion, the improvements our crews are making are becoming more obvious. Northbound traffic is being collected to head north. Southbound traffic will be collected to head south. Overall, drivers will see fewer weaves and more room to merge with traffic.”

Other Traffic Changes

Earlier Decision Point for I-64 to I-65

There’s going to be an earlier decision point for drivers on I-64 West traveling to either direction of I-65. The split to I-65 will now be a few hundred feet earlier, closer to Story Avenue.

65 South Traffic Splits Right

Drivers heading to I-65 South from I-64 West, I-71 South and Story Avenue will now split right to access the interstate. They had split to the left. The change will create a temporary weave for drivers heading from I-64 West to I-65 South, as they join traffic from I-71. It’s important to note this is a temporary change to allow existing ramps to be rebuilt in the area. Traffic will be in its final configuration later this year.

I-64 West and I-71 South will access I-65 North from the left lane. Drivers from I-71 South to I-65 North will experience the effect of the temporary weave as drivers from I-64 move right to access I-65 South. It’s important for all drivers to slow down and use caution in the area.

I-71 South Traffic Shift

Traffic on I-71 South will be shifting to the left, giving crews more space to work in the area. The biggest change that drivers will notice is that I-64 West traffic will now be merging on their left, instead of the right.

All traffic changes are expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Drivers should be prepared for a new look and feel as they drive through the area. They should slow down and pay close attention to signage, especially during the first few days of the changes.

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Mark Your Calendars – Back to School Block Party Thursday, Jul 14 2016 

2016 Ad for websiteCouncilman Hollander invites you to join us for the 17th Annual Back to School Block Party on Friday, September 9, 2016, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue.

Enjoy FREE swimming, pizza, door prizes and family fun! Also, make a child ID and see a fire engine!

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

PARENTS: Please make sure you or a guardian over the age of 18 years old accompanies your child/children.

For more information please call the office at 574-1109.

THANK YOU to our 2016 Door Prize Sponsors and Partners:

A Reader’s Corner
Blue Dog Bakery 
Carmichael’s Bookstore 
Crescent Hill Trading Company
Fierce Salon
Heine Brothers’ Coffee
Just Creations
Margaret’s Consignments
McDonalds
Mellow Mushroom
Metro Parks
Red Hog Butcher

Zorn Avenue to be repaved Friday, Jul 8 2016 

13627155_584716548377591_8692579353430654786_nWe’re happy to report that D9’s Zorn Avenue, from River Road to Hillcrest Avenue, is on the list for repaving during the week of July 11. The schedule is, of course, subject to change due to weather and operational factors.

Frankfort Avenue Road Closure & Detour Wednesday, Jun 8 2016 

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Historic Main replacement @ Payne and Spring Streets.

We have a lot of old infrastructure in Louisville and repairs to a 147-year old, 30-inch water main will soon affect D9 drivers in a big way.

Frankfort Avenue just east of the Mellwood Avenue intersection will be closed for several weeks beginning Sunday, June 12.  The road will also be closed between Story and Mellwood Avenues. The goal is to reopen both sections in early July.  Motorists will be able to travel on Mellwood through the intersection but will not be able to access Frankfort Avenue from Mellwood.  Detour signs will be posted; the marked detour for travelling east on Frankfort Avenue is from Mellwoo
d to Brownsboro Road, then to Pope Street and from Pope to Frankfort.

Louisville Water Company began operations in October 1860. The water main along Mellwood Avenue (originally called “Reservoir Avenue”)  was installed between 1868 and 1869 to provide the city with a second supply line. Louisville Water originally wanted two large supply lines when it began, but the unsettled times of the Civil War stalled the city’s economy and the demand for water. After the war, Louisville’s economy quickly improved and Louisville Water was able to raise funds to install the new water main. The new 30-inch main was finished in September 1869.

The project that has already impacted traffic on Mellwood and will temporarily close Frankfort involves cleaning that pipe, installing a cement mortar lining, sealing the pipe’s joints, repairing any leaks and, in a few places, removing a damaged piece of the pipe.

Please be patient and drive carefully in the area.

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Keep Reporting Those Potholes! Wednesday, May 11 2016 

Louisville’s “pothole blitz” is over but you can still help us repair the remaining potholes by reporting them with a specific address.

Citizens are urged to report potholes to MetroCall by dialing 311 or 574-5000. Reports may also be made through an online service request

at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metrocall-311. You can now download a smartphone application to report issues.  For more information click here. Potholes on interstate highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).

Potholes result from a combination of water that seeps through cracks caused by normal wear and tear in asphalt, repeated freezing and thawing temperatures, and the weight of traffic. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement. The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more traffic goes over it.

Please help us make driving better and safer by reporting potholes to MetroCall.

City Launches Automatic Alerts for Street Sweeping Tuesday, May 10 2016 

Louisville residents can now sign up to receive an automatic notice, via text or email, when their street is scheduled to be swept by Metro Public Works. The notices are meant to alert residents in advance that they must find alternate parking on street sweeping day. No parking is allowed on affected streets during street sweeping.

 

Residents can subscribe to the alert service by going to www.louisvilleky.gov, entering their address in the MyLouisville box at the bottom of the page, and following the brief instructions for choosing text or email alerts. They will also be able to subscribe to the existing reminder system for Project Pickup junk collection dates.

 

Subscribers will be alerted one week in advance that street sweeping is scheduled for their general area. A second alert will go out the day before street sweeping to tell residents that their particular block is to be swept. The alerts are in addition to signs that are posted on affected streets on the business day preceding street sweeping.

 

Street cleaning is scheduled from March through November. During that time, curbed neighborhood streets are generally cleaned three times.

  • Street cleaning signs are posted prior to 5 p.m. on the business day before sweeping occurs. They alert residents that there is No Parking between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on sweeping day.
  • Sweeping is conducted each day on east/west streets only, or north/south streets only to make it easier for residents to find alternate parking.
  • Vehicles parked in No Parking areas are subject to citation and/or towing.
  • Residents should not park in affected areas until after 5 p.m., even if it appears an area has been swept, as sweepers may return before that time.
  • The No Parking zone covers both sides of the street, though signs may only be posted on one side.

Story Avenue Ramp is Open Thursday, May 5 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 5, 2016)The ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West is now open to traffic. It opened to traffic shortly after 12:30 p.m. It’s been closed since August 2015.

It’s important for drivers to know traffic is in a temporary configuration, and they need to slow down and use caution in the area. For now, drivers using the Story Avenue ramp to access either direction of I-65 will continue to cross two lanes of I-64 West traffic.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be watching the situation closely to monitor traffic flow, and determine if any action is needed before the full opening of the ramp this summer.

Once fully open, the new ramp will improve safety and traffic flow in the area. Drivers will use the left lane of the new ramp to access I-64 West. The right lane will take drivers to I-65 North and I-65 South, eliminating the need to merge across lanes of I-64 traffic. The flyover ramp to I-65 is expected to open this summer.

 

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