Upper River Road Scenic Corridor Management Plan

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Photo by Laura Roppel

In partnership with Metro Louisville, River Fields staff has taken an active leadership role in the ongoing development of the River Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management plan, managed and led by the Louisville Public Works and Assets Department.  The River Road Scenic Byway is the only such State designated byway in Jefferson County and is considered one of the region’s most valued and loved assets.

The stated goal of the River Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan is to inventory the corridor’s resources and develop a plan for wise management and protection of those resources. This includes the: scenic, historical, archaeological, cultural, recreational and natural features that occur within this seven-mile corridor. Safe access within the corridor for bicyclists, joggers and walkers will be studied. 

Through this planning effort, Metro Louisville will produce implementation strategies addressing visual character, compatibility of future land uses, interpretive opportunities and roadway safety and operational improvements to accommodate all users.

River Fields, in cooperation with Metro Government, played a major role in preparing the grant request  to obtain funding for this plan that “would provide a mechanism to preserve and enhance the River Road Scenic Byway corridor. The intended outcome of the grant is the creation of a River Road Corridor Management Plan that incorporates the guidelines and standards in the Metro Land Development Code in the section ‘Ohio River Corridor Special District’” (a direct quote from the federal grant). 

According to the federal grant, the intended outcome of the grant is the creation of a River Road Corridor Management Plan that incorporates the guidelines and standards in the Metro Land Development Code in the section “Ohio River Corridor Special District.” This is an update of the previous 1996 Master Plan.