Please Clear Those Sidewalks Friday, Feb 20 2015 

A message from Metro Public Works:

We’ve had lots of inquiries about who is responsible for clearing snow from the city’s sidewalks. Snow covered sidewalks have led many people to choose walking in roadways over trudging through the white stuff on the sidewalk. The answer is that property owners and tenants must perform this function.

Below is the Louisville Metro Ordinance that spells out the responsibility of property owners for clearing sidewalks.

§ 97.113 SNOW REMOVAL (A) It shall be the duty of all persons and corporations owning or occupying property abutting a public street in Louisville Metro to remove within 24 hours thereafter such snow as may fall on the sidewalks in front of their property. Where the property is unimproved or unoccupied this duty shall devolve on the owner or the agent for the property. Where property is occupied by others than owners thereof, this duty shall devolve on the owner or the tenants and either may be proceeded against for the violation.

The ordinance goes on to state that “Any responsible party failing to comply…shall be subject to the following fines: not less than $25, nor more than $100.” We also urge that snow removed from the sidewalk be placed on private property such as lawns, and not in the street where it would slow or reverse progress of plowing crews.

Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Friday, Feb 20 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 20, 2015)This week’s snow and extreme cold have limited work on the Downtown Crossing.
 
The following closures and lane restrictions are expected next week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing:
 
Kentucky Side:
 
Overnight closures scheduled Monday, February 23-Saturday, February 28*:
 
·         Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North
·         One lane of I-64 East from 3rd Street to just past I-65
 
Overnight closures scheduled Tuesday, February 24-Saturday, February 28*:
 
·         Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
·         One lane of I-64 West from Story Avenue to I-65 split
 
Work scheduled for Thursday, February 26:
 
·         Project-wide rolling closures 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pothole patching
 
*Overnight closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. Signed detours are in place during full closures.
 

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Clifton Heights Community Council Meeting Friday, Feb 20 2015 

The Clifton Heights Community Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mellwood Arts Center. Councilman Bill Hollander will be the guest speaker! Please plan to attend.

Suspension of Recycling collections Thursday, Feb 19 2015 

Notice from Metro Public Works:

For the safe of our collection crews, Waste collection is suspending all recycling collections today (Thursday, Feb. 19) and tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 20) due to the frigid temperatures. Our operation plan will be to use these crews of recycling & yard waste in the garbage subdivision to help our men and women get out of the cold weather. For any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call me, thank you.

Read the District 9 eNews Thursday, Feb 19 2015 

The District 9 eNews is hot off the press! Click here to read the weekly eNews for Thursday, February 19, 2015.

To subscribe to the weekly eNews please click here or contact the office at 574-1109. You will need a valid email address.

D9 Community Conversation Wednesday, Feb 18 2015 

Plan to attend the D9 Community Conversation on Monday, March 2.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State Street in Clifton. We’ll hear a short report from Kroger regarding the upcoming renovations at the Clifton Kroger on Brownsboro Road and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions to Kroger representatives.  But most of the time and focus at the meeting will be on you.  We are hoping for unscripted, open conversations about your vision for D9 and the City. Please mark your calendar and join us – and bring along a friend or neighbor!

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Driving in the Snow Monday, Feb 16 2015 

MISTAKE 5

While vehicles with four-wheel drive typically do perform better in snowy and icy driving conditions, the technology can backfire by giving drivers a false sense of safety.

Four-wheel drive is used to send the specific amount of needed torque to each of your car’s four tires to give it added traction to move forward through snowy roads. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can race down the road at top speed in the snow and bring yourself to a quick stop. Four-wheel or all-wheel drive isn’t going to give you the traction you need to brake. It can help you get through some difficult conditions, but it doesn’t make you SuperSUV.

MISTAKE 4

Many drivers find themselves caught off guard during the winter’s first snow. In fact, the most dangerous day to be on the roads is the day after the first snowstorm. Drivers haven’t prepared their cars for the wintry weather, and they’ve probably forgotten their snow driving techniques from last year.

To ready your car for the winter, check that each of your tires has at least a 6/32-inch deep tread. All-weather tires can handle most driving conditions, but if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you should consider purchasing snow tires. Check your antifreeze levels and battery power and make sure that your defroster and rear window defogger work.

As far as the inside of your car goes, purchase a snow shovel and kitty litter or sand for digging yourself out of a jam and giving your vehicle traction. Flares, a flashlight and a snow scraper should also be kept in your car. Finally, consider signing up for a winter driving class in your area.

MISTAKE 3

Many people inexperienced with driving in the snow make a bad habit out of tailing the vehicle in front of them too closely. Like driving too fast, this lessens your reaction time if there’s a problem with the vehicle ahead of you and you need to slow down suddenly.

It’s recommended that you double (or if you want to be really cautious — triple) your normal distance between cars, giving yourself a minimum braking distance of six seconds. Put another way, for every 10 mph you’re traveling, you should give yourself four car lengths of space. So if you’re traveling at 30 mph, you should have 12 car lengths between you and the vehicle ahead of you. You should also be looking ahead for stoplights, stop signs and curves in the road so you can give yourself adequate time to brake or steer around them.

MISTAKE 2

When you feel your tires start to slip, it’s easy to panic and slam on the brakes. Don’t do it — this removes traction from your tires, taking away your ability to control your vehicle.

Once you’ve lost traction and your wheels are locked up, slamming your brakes won’t change the situation. What you should do when you feel yourself begin to skid is ease off the accelerator and let the car slow down on its own. A moving tire means that there is still some traction, which is what you need to steer yourself out of a collision.

If braking is required and your vehicle comes with an anti-lock brake system, brake with steady, even pressure. If your car doesn’t have ABS, then you should pump the brakes by quickly braking again and again.

When handling snow-covered corners, you should begin a steady braking as you approach the turn. Once in the corner, ease off the brakes and use the car’s remaining traction to steer through the turn.

MISTAKE 1 – THE BIGGEST MISTAKE WE MAKE!

Driving too fast is the biggest snow driving error. Drivers have a bad habit of thinking that once they’ve reached the highway they’re fine to drive at their usual high speed. Wrong.

When your car starts to slip and you’re heading for a crash, every second counts. Driving too fast reduces the amount of time you have to react and increases the severity of any collision. It also takes four to 10 times longer to brake on icy or snowy pavement than it does on dry asphalt.

You should slow your speed when the temperature is close to freezing and sleet and snow have begun to fall. Remember that there’s no right speed zone to be traveling in when it’s snowing, so you need to pay close attention to the road conditions and how your car is handling to gauge a safe speed.

Source: HowStuffWorks.com

Kentucky has had 83 traffic fatalities so in 2015. This time last year we had 67 – that’s an increase of 25%. Drive Like Your Life Depends On It… Because it Does! Stay Safe Louisville

Long-Term Ramp Closure Scheduled to Begin Next Week Monday, Feb 9 2015 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (February 9, 2015)A long-term ramp closure in Downtown Louisville is scheduled to begin next week as work continues on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West is scheduled to close Monday, February 16. The ramp is expected to close before the morning commute next Monday. The closure is expected to last about four months, with the ramp scheduled to reopen in mid-June.

During the closure, the ramp will be demolished and rebuilt to link to three new overpasses under construction. The work is part of the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange.

The single-lane ramp carries around 11,000 vehicles each day. During the peak hour in morning drive, the ramp carries around 400 vehicles and during the peak afternoon hour, it carries around 1,200 vehicles.

There will be a posted detour. The suggested detour for drivers traveling north on I-65 will be I-264 to I-64.

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Note: Included is a list of significant long-term closures scheduled to occur during the remainder of construction of the Downtown Crossing. The new Downtown bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by January 2016. The entire Downtown Crossing – the new bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections — is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.

Long-Term Closures Timing Planned Duration
Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South      July 2013-mid 2016 1,000 days
Kentucky

Closures

Ramp from I-65 North to

I-64 West

     Feb. 2015-June 2015 122 days
Ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North      Mid 2015-mid 2016 134 days
Ramp from Muhammad Ali Blvd. to I-65 North   Spring 2016-mid 2016 82 days
Ramp from I-65 South to

I-64 West

  Spring 2016-mid 2016 130 days
  Ramp from I-64 East to

I-65 North

  Spring 2016-late 2016 258 days
Indiana Closure Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South Spring 2016-mid 2016 75 days

Louisville Loop Focus Group & Survey Thursday, Feb 5 2015 

Focus Group Meetings- February 10, 2015

Louisville Metro Parks invites the public to participate in two upcoming focus group workshops for the Ohio River Valley Northeast segment of the Louisville Loop project.  The purpose of this project is to determine the best route for the Louisville Loop between the City of Prospect and the Big Four Bridge.  Two working sessions are being held on February 10.  An afternoon session will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm and an evening session will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Both sessions will take place at Locust Grove, , 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.  These working session provide an opportunity for residents to meet with project planners to discuss potential routes and concerns.  Both sessions are open to the public.  For more information about the project, please visit the project website at www.linkingtheloop.wordpress.com .

Louisville Loop Survey- Ohio River Valley Northeast section of the Louisville Loop Master Plan

Louisville Metro Parks invites residents to participate in a brief online survey concerning the Ohio River Valley Northeast segment of the Louisville Loop master plan.  The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ORVNE .

Upcoming events for the Ohio River Valley Northeast segment of the Louisville Loop master plan:

February 10, 2015- Focus Group Meetings (2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm)- Locust Grove

March 24, 2015- Public Meeting (tentative) for the Ohio river Valley Northeast segment of the Louisville Loop master plan

Upcoming Junk Pick Up in February Friday, Jan 30 2015 

The 9th District Urban Services District (USD) will have junk collection set-out on a select weekend in February, depending on your address.  You may begin setting out your junk Friday afternoon prior to your junk pick-up week and must have it all out by Monday at 6:00 AM.  For your specific junk set-out weekend please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council-district-9 and scroll to the bottom of the page to “MyLouisville” and enter your address, call the office at 574-1109, or email Kyle Ethridge.  For collection guidelines please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/residential-recycling. You may now sign up for junk set out reminders by email and text under “MyLouisville”.

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