A number of downtown trails are under construction. Including the completion of Legacy Trail connecting to the East End, construction of the Town Branch Trail through the Distillery District, the Town Branch Connector along Newtown Pike, and the Town Branch Commons running through the heart of downtown. This page will provide regular updates for each of these projects through construction. Check back periodically to get the latest updates!
We ask for your patience as our city goes through this phase of change. We know construction can be loud, dirty, and an annoyance but we believe the end product will be a downtown core that will be enjoyed by all! Learn more about Town Branch Commons, Town Branch Trail, and Legacy Trail by visiting their project homepages.
Town Branch Commons Construction Updates
The Town Branch Commons (TBC) trail construction includes dedicated bike and pedestrian paths along Newtown Pike, Vine St, and Midland Ave. Construction began on Newtown Pike in March 2020. Work is planned for Vine St. near the Lexington Center starting Fall 2020. Once on Vine St., work will continue east toward Midland Ave. Downtown travelers should be prepared for various lane closures along the trail’s route to accommodate construction. We do not expect the complete closure of Newtown, Vine St. or Midland Ave. during construction.
Newtown Pike from Main St. to Fourth St.
Activity through April:
- Lane closures occurred to accommodate work within the median.
- Pace Construction has completed the narrowing of the median along Newtown Pike, this was completed to allow traffic to shift and make space for the trail along the outbound lanes of traffic.
Expected Activity in May:
- Medians will be replanted and banner poles reinstalled.
- Starting May 12, both inbound lanes will be reopened and outbound traffic will switch so that cars will travel next to the newly narrowed median.
- The sidewalk adjacent to outbound traffic will be closed from Main Street to Maryland to accommodate trail construction.
- Temporary lane closures may occur to accommodate work as noted above.
Town Branch Trail: Distillery District Construction Updates
The Town Branch Trail through the Distillery District includes a dedicated path for bikers and pedestrians. Work will occur on Old Frankfort Pike, Manchester St. and Forbes Road starting in April 2020. Once completed, this path through the Distillery District will connect to Downtown and the Legacy Trail creating a 5.5-mile loop on the west and north-side of downtown while providing access to the growing county-wide trails system. Visit the Town Branch Trail homepage to learn more about this trail.
Forbes Road and Old Frankfort Pike
The construction of the Town Branch Trail-Distillery District has officially started. This section of trail is from Forbes Road at Manchester Street along Manchester to its intersection with Oliver Lewis Way and includes the additional turn lanes at Manchester and Forbes. The Contractor is ATS Construction and they have started installing erosion and sediment control along the corridor. You may also have noticed that Kentucky Utilities has started their relocation, with the other utilities just as Windstream, Spectrum, Metronet, Columbia Gas and KY American Water to follow. As the project progresses, I will be providing periodic updates. If you are on this email list and wish to be removed, please let me know.
Activity from May 4 – 8
- Installed erosion and sediment control.
- Prepared buildings for demolition.
Goals for week of May 11
- Continue demolition of the buildings at 1345 Old Frankfort Pike, 190 South Forbes and 1265 Manchester St.
Legacy Trail Construction Updates
The Legacy Trail will connect previously completely phases of the trail to the East End. This phase of the trail includes on road and off road dedicated paths for bikers and pedestrians. Trail construction is currently ongoing. Work will occur on Fourth St. from Jefferson St. to Elm Tree Lane, Elm Tree Lane from Third St. to Fourth St. and Third St. from Elm Tree Lane to Midland Avenue. Once completed in December 2020, these dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks will connect our rural landscape to Downtown Lexington creating a 12-mile trail from the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden to the Kentucky Horse Park. It will also provide access to the Town Branch Commons and Town Branch Trail and the growing county-wide trails system. Visit the Legacy Trail homepage to learn more about this trail.
Fourth St. –N. Limestone to Martin Luther King
Activity from March 23 – May 1
Although the weekly status reports were put on hold, the Contractor has continued to make great progress. The Contractor is now up to the Fourth St. and Elm Tree Lane intersection. The raised intersections are in place at Johnson Blvd and is 80% complete at Bourbon Street. Sod and landscaping has started at Fourth St. and Jefferson St. and moving east.
Goals for week of May 11
- Continue working on finish grading throughout the project.
- Johnson Blvd is complete but letting it cure so Fourth Street will not be opened for another week.
- Start work on the Third Street and Elm Tree intersection
- Start off site work (seat wall, flag pole base, gate pedestal) at the Shropshire and Third Street intersection.
- Finish curbs at Fourth Street and Elm Tree Lane
- Finish grading between Martin Luther King and Elm Tree Lane
If weather holds, paving should start in two to three weeks