Euclid sanitary sewer improvement project

May 11, 2020 update:

  • The south side lane of Euclid Ave. from Rose St. to Woodland Ave. will be closed starting Tuesday, May 12 until mid-September. Euclid will remain two-way, but there will be no turn lane. Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the street. 

map of lane closure on Euclid Avenue


May 7, 2020 update:

  • The South Upper and Winslow Street closure has been delayed to next week. The closure is still expected to last one and a half weeks. 
  • The intersection of Avenue of Champions and Rose will remain closed for longer than scheduled for gas line work. 

map of closure of South Upper at Winslow Street

May 4, 2020 update:

  • South Upper Street will be closed from Winslow to Bolivar, and Winslow will be closed from Jersey Street to South Upper, beginning this Thursday, May 7. This closure is expected to last one and a half weeks.
  • Bolivar will be one way from South Mill toward South Upper as a detour route.


April 24, 2020 update:

  • Bolivar Street will be closed between Mill and Upper Streets for approximately one week beginning Wednesday, April 29. 
  • The intersection of Rose Street and Avenue of Champions will be closed for up to five days beginning Monday, May 4.
  • Avenue of Champions will be be fully closed, block-by-block, after the intersection of Rose and Avenue of Champions is reopened. These rolling closures will last until May 15.


map of Bolivar street closure


map of Avenue of Champions road closures

About the project

Lexington is replacing two miles of sanitary sewer line between Oliver Lewis Way and Tates Creek Road. The project runs on Euclid Avenue through the University of Kentucky campus and the Chevy Chase business district. This two-year project will cost $10.93 million, and is part of the city’s obligations under the court-ordered consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency to improve Lexington’s sanitary sewers.

The original sanitary sewer was built in 1934 and is in disrepair, with defects and leaks that are difficult to reach. The pipe runs under many buildings, including the UK Fine Arts Center. Because the sewer is inaccessible in its current location, the new line is being laid in the street for easier access in case of repairs or other issues.

While this sanitary sewer project will be disruptive in the short term, it will improve Lexington’s water quality down the road. Though the federal consent decree to improve the city’s sewers is driving the timeline, the benefit to water quality in our local creeks and the increased sewer capacity for future growth makes this project a necessity.

Previous updates

April 16, 2020 update: 

  • Rose St. will be closed from Avenue of Champions to Rose Ln. for approximately three weeks beginning on Monday, April 20.
  • The Avenue of Champions/Euclid and Rose St. intersection will be closed for up to three days during the week of May 4.


March 25, 2020 update:

  • Bolivar St. will be one-way from S. Upper to S. Broadway beginning on Monday, March 30. Commuters coming from Oliver Lewis Way and S. Broadway can use Cedar St. as a detour. 
  • The Avenue of Champions lane closure will be extended to Rose St. on Wednesday, April 1. Avenue of Champions will be one-way from Rose St. to S. Limestone. Commuters traveling from S. Limestone should use E. Maxwell St. as a detour. The sidewalks on the north side of Avenue of Champions and the south side from S. Limestone to Martin Luther King Blvd. will remain open. The sidewalk on the south side of Avenue of Champions from Martin Luther King Blvd. to Rose St. will be closed.
  • These traffic changes are expected to last for several months. 


March 16, 2020 update:

  • The closure of the intersection at Chair Ave. and Scott St. has been extended to March 23. Area businesses remain accessible during this closure.


March 11, 2020 update

  • The intersection of S. Upper and Winslow Streets will be closed from 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 to 6 a.m. on Monday, March 16, weather permitting. Area businesses will remain open during this closure.
  • Bolivar Street will be one-way from Plunkett St. toward Oliver Lewis Way and S. Broadway from March 23 – 27. Commuters traveling from Oliver Lewis Way and S. Broadway can use Cedar St. as a detour to South Upper St.
  • The intersection of Chair Ave. and Scott St. is closed from March 9 – 17. Area businesses remain accessible during this closure.
  • Avenue of Champions is currently one-way toward S. Limestone and will remain so until Fall, 2020. Commuters traveling from S. Limestone should use E. Maxwell St. as a detour. Sidewalks on both sides of the Avenue of Champions are open. To cross Avenue of Champions, pedestrians should use the crosswalks at S. Limestone and Lexington Ave.


March 4, 2020 update:

  • Traffic changes are coming soon to allow sewer construction to proceed. 
  • Beginning Monday, March 9: Avenue of Champions Avenue of Champions will be restricted to one-way traffic from Lexington Ave. to S. Limestone. Traffic from S. Limestone will not be able to turn right onto Avenue of Champions and must use Maxwell St. as a detour.
  • Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. – Monday, March 16 at 6 a.m: Upper St. will be closed to all traffic at the Winslow intersection. 


February 2020 update:

Construction on Winslow has begun! One lane of Winslow, which runs one-way between South Limestone and South Upper Street, is closed for sewer construction. Sewer crews will also work on a sewer pipe installation running from Patterson Street to South Broadway. This segment of the project will have limited traffic impacts on Chair Avenue and Emmaline Lane. South Upper Street is scheduled to be closed at Winslow during the weekend of March 14 and 15 for the installation of a new manhole and 40 feet of pipe. Detour and traffic information coming soon. 

Bolivar St. detour map

map showing Bolivar Street temporarily one way

Avenue of Champions detour map

map showing Avenue of Champions temporarily one way

Chair Avenue construction area

new sanitary sewer line along Chair Avenue

Winslow Street construction area

new sanitary sewer line on Winslow Street