In 2019, Metro Government changed the design of Castlewood Ave in Tyler Park, trimming a driving lane and adding a two-way mobility lane to the north side of the road. This spring, a group of residents is proposing a similar redesign to Norris Pl / Douglass Blvd in the Deer Park neighborhood.
The proposed reconfiguration would extend from Norris at Eastern Pkwy to Douglass at Bardstown Rd, a 1.4-mile stretch of road. Currently on this segment, the sidewalks are frequently narrow, with utility polls often partially blocking the walkway. In other parts, there is no sidewalk at all.
Streets for People, a local multimodal advocacy organization, is proposing a two-way protected “multimodal lane” on the east side of Norris / north side of Douglass as a solution.
“Our hope is to create an inviting, safe way for people to use the street,” says Chris Glasser, a volunteer with Streets for People and resident of the Highlands-Douglass neighborhood. “We’ve seen all types of folks — parents pushing strollers, bicyclists, e-scooters, people walking their dogs — using the Castlewood lane. I think you’d see the same on Norris/Douglass.”
Glasser presented the Streets for People proposal to the Deer Park Neighborhood Association on Thursday, February 10. He said he has also discussed the idea with Councilwoman Cassie Armstrong and Metro’s Director of Advanced Planning Mike King, who are interested in receiving more community feedback on the proposal.
Watch DPNA social media and future newsletters for updates on this project proposal.
Mobility Lane Meeting - Tuesday, March 29th at 6 PM at Highland Middle
Join your neighbors and learn more about the proposed mobility lane project for Norris Place/Douglas Boulevard. We hope to share more about the prospective project, answer any questions you may have, as well as address any concerns.