New Traffic Lane Isn’t Helping

Has anyone else noticed the increased traffic buildup that’s happening at the newly remodeled I-64 and Watterson Expressway? This is totally bugging the crap out of me. An entire right lane was added along I-64 between Hurstbourne and the Watterson interchange. I thought the point was to relieve the 3 lane buildup but now, all the traffic starts building up around Hurstbourne in the only lane devoted to Watterson West bound traffic. The root of the problem begins way over at the intersection of Breckenridge and Dutchmans Lane. Cars begin to back up, spill out onto the Watterson Westbound which is the same lane cars are entering onto the multi lane Watterson from I-64. Are you following me?  I’m barely following myself but seriously millions of dollars were spent last summer for this project. Urban Planners please help me understand the mechanics of this!

5 Comments on "New Traffic Lane Isn’t Helping"

  1. Angela Champion | March 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply

    Are we assuming that urban planners get to do their jobs in this town? Not sure that urban planners actually have anything to do with road design, traffic flow design or anything of the sort. Kentucky DOT and civil engineers probably has more to do with it, or should.

  2. Problem is because back in the early 80’s, when Watterson was expanded, it went from an F in design load to only a D, due to probably the resistance to take much more land.

    If you went from an F to a D 30 years ago, you would still be dumber than hell now. Got it?

    Smart Driving Tip # 1669: When exiting the I-64 ramp toward the airport on the Watterson, risk your life by swerving rapidly to the outermost left land, thus avoiding the everyday accident of ramming cars parked to get onto Breckenridge.

    Positive thought of the Day: Most of the people you ram into work in the medical complex, so they can treat you faster.

  3. Matthew Kuhl | March 31, 2011 at 4:07 am | Reply


    Google the term ‘induced demand’.

    And Angela is spot on about urban designers not having one iota of responsibility for this fiasco.

    The term you’re looking for is ‘traffic engineer’, most of whom deny the existance of induced demand.

  4. Margue Esrock | March 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply

    Yes you are right, traffic engineer is the term. I did look up Induced Demand. This is interesting and certainly could be applied to other traffic areas in Louisville. Thank you for enlightening me. Next time I’m at that point in my commute, instead of cursing (under my breath of course) I will explain this to my kids and impress the heck out of them!

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