Pavement Management

Lexington uses data as the foundation for its strategic approach to maintaining the 2,355 lane miles of city-owned roads. See the interactive map below to determine if the city maintains a road.

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 shows the streets maintained by the city and what streets are maintained by the state.

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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 road categories are outlined below.

High-traffic roads

Overall, high-traffic roads typically receive 58% of a fiscal year’s paving budget. This category is further divided into the subcategory of major and minor arterials, which receives 33% of the total paving budget and the subcategory of collectors streets, which receive 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 staff prioritize maintenance of high-traffic roads based on a variety of data, including overall conditions, predicted performance, benefit-cost ratios, and opportunities to realize economies of scale. The funding proportions for high-traffic roads can be adjusted based on insights from updated data, total budget levels, etc.

Neighborhood streets

Local or neighborhood streets typically receive 42% of the paving budget each fiscal year. The money is split among Lexington’s 12 council districts. The proportion of funding is determined by the percent of local road lane miles within each district with an overall condition index 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.

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