Pavement Management Plan

Data is the foundation of Lexington’s Pavement Management Plan, which the city uses strategically to maintain the 2,355 lane miles of city-owned roads. See the interactive maps below to determine if the city maintains a road or if a city-maintained road is on a contractor’s list for paving.

If you would like to report a pothole on a city-maintained street, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

Street maintenance responsibility

This map indicates whether a road is maintained by the city, the state, or a private entity.

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City paving map

This map shows the city-maintained streets that are on a contractor’s paving list. Weather and many other factors affect the paving schedule. Contractors will post signage on streets before paving begins.

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Lexington's road data is captured regularly by survey vehicles with specialized scanning equipment.

Lexington's Pavement Management Plan outlines the strategic approach to pavement management. The Urban County Council informs, reviews, and approves any updates to the Pavement Management Plan. The plan defines the data-driven process for selecting paving projects, categorizes projects for funding, and establishes the proportion of available funding those categories of projects receive from the total paving budget. Those categories are outlined below.

High-traffic roads

Overall, high-traffic roads typically receive 50% of a fiscal year’s paving budget. This category is further divided into major and minor arterials, a subcategory that, together with service roads, receives 25% of the total paving budget. A second subcategory is collector streets, and this class of streets receives 25% of the total paving budget. Major and minor arterials, such as Man O’ War Blvd., have relatively higher traffic than collectors, such as Buckhorn Dr., which connect arterials to neighborhood or local roads. 

Environmental Quality & Public Works (EQPW) staff prioritize maintenance of high-traffic roads based on a variety of data, including overall conditions, predicted performance, opportunities to realize economies of scale, and related efficiencies. The funding proportions for high-traffic roads can be adjusted based on insights from updated data, total budget levels, etc.  Additionally, 10% of the total budget is reserved for maintenance needs.

Neighborhood streets

Local or neighborhood streets typically receive 40% of the paving budget each fiscal year. The funding is then divided among Lexington’s 12 Council Districts. The funding allocated to each Council District is determined by the proportion of local road lane miles within each district that have an overall condition index (OCI) score of less than 60 based on data.  

Individual Councilmembers work with EQPW staff to make decisions about the maintenance of local roads using available data and opportunities for economies of scale. Like high-traffic roads, the total funding allocated for neighborhood streets can be revised based on new insights from updated data, total budget levels, etc.