Access to Reservoir Park and Village Manor when a train is blocking Fenley and Blackburn Avenues has been a long-standing issue.  I am happy to report that we have now secured legal agreements and funding to construct a new emergency access road and that we are scheduling a meeting about it for next month.

Emergency vehicles (police, fire and ambulances) have always been able to use a gate near the end of Claremont Avenue to access the neighborhoods when trains are blocking the tracks.  The plan we have pursued and will put into place will allow use of a new gate and road at the end of Claremont by any vehicles or pedestrians when both roads are blocked by trains.  That is an expansion of an earlier easement.  A legal agreement making that change has been signed and will be effective when a new road is constructed.   An agreement between Metro and the Louisville Water Company to use a small section of road between the new access road and the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center parking lot was signed by Louisville Water this week.  We have also secured funds in the Metro budget to build that new road and gate.  When that is done in the near future, there will be several ways to get the gate opened, for use by all vehicles and pedestrians, when the roads are blocked.

The new access road and gate will be the subject of our next D9 Community Conversation on July 20 at 6:30pm at Jewish Family & Career Services, 2821 Klempner Way. Mark your calendars for that meeting and watch future editions of the eNews for additional information about the new road!