A number of downtown trails are under construction. Including the completion of Legacy Trail connecting to the East End (recently completed!), construction of the Town Branch Trail through the Distillery District, the Town Branch Connector along Newtown Pike (recently completed!), 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 Trail 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 the Newtown Pike section in March 2020 and is now complete connecting users from Main Street to the Legacy Trail. Work started on Vine St. at Broadway in July 2020. Work near the Lexington Center started in October 2020. Work on Vine St. near Limestone started mid-December 2020 and will continue east toward Midland Ave. Work on Midland Ave. started late March 2021. 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 Pike, Vine St. or Midland Ave. during construction.
Town Branch Commons Construction Activity Per Work Zone:
Zone 7: Newtown Pike from Main St. to Fourth St.
Construction is complete on this zone and the trail is open to the public.
Zone 4: Vine St. at Lexington Center from Tucker St. to Broadway
Construction continues and lane closures may occur to accommodate work to construct the trail. Work will continue in this zone through 2021.
- Construction is now underway on this zone.
- Work has now moved to the Lexington Center side of the street, and the contractor is working in coordination with the Lexington Center’s contractor to ensure both projects progress simultaneously.
- A significant portion of the bike and pedestrian paths have been poured, and work has been conducted to install utilities, drainage systems, and preparation for urban rain gardens.
- Work underway near Triangle Park is nearing completion- this effort enhanced drainage, relocated the turn lane from Main to Vine Street, provides space for a new traffic signal installation, and will provide a safe crossing for bikers and pedestrians crossing from the Lexington Center to Triangle Park, and then on to The Square.
- Archaeology monitoring and additional exploratory work is now completed. Numerous artifacts were found dating back to the early settlement of Lexington. Learn more about these findings by checking out the Herald Leader’s Article and WKYT’s feature story.
- Work will continue along this block through 2021.
Zone 3: Vine St. from Broadway to Upper St.
- The sidewalk throughout this section has been reopened to pedestrian traffic.
- Signature paver installation and paving bands are complete but tie in work remains as other site elements are installed in the upcoming months.
- Initial installation of the karst embankment and karst streambed is underway – this will be visible within the urban rain gardens and bioswales where the designs aim to reflect the rural landscape in the heart of downtown while treating storm water runoff.
- Installation continues for the above ground features, including signature limestone walls and benches, roadway and pathway lights, and preparations are underway in anticipation of plantings to occur this fall.
Zone 2: Vine St. from Limestone to Quality St.
Construction has started. Temporary lane closures may occur to accommodate work to construct the trail. Work will continue in this zone through 2021.
- Hernando Alley is now permanently closed and work is ongoing to reconfigure the parking lot exit gates and the final trail along Vine Street.
- Ayers Alley is no longer accessible from Vine Street and will be reconfigured to accommodate the trail.
- Excavation and installation of drainage and materials for the urban rain gardens/bioswales has proceeded adjacent to the LFUCG and KU parking lots between Hernando and Quality St.
- Bike and pedestrian trails are being constructed behind the curb line.
- Expect traffic slow downs in this area. Work will not close Limestone or Water Street.
Zone 1: Vine St. from Quality St. to Main St. and Midland Ave. from Main St. to Third St.
Construction activities are starting on Midland Ave. Work will progress from Third Street toward Main St. along Midland Ave. Work will impact the west side of Midland Avenue between Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Thoroughbred Park.
- Traffic will be impacted along Midland Ave. starting March 27
- One lane inbound and two lanes outbound will be in place at all times following restriping
- During peak morning rush two lanes will be opened on Midland
- Left turns onto Midland Ave. from Winchester Road will be reduced to one left turn lane
- Lewis Street will be closed at Midland starting April 2021
- Other cross streets may temporarily close during construction, but coordination with adjacent businesses will occur in advance
**Various levels of construction will be underway along Vine Street and Midland Avenue through the end of 2022.
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 2020. Once completed, this path through the Distillery District will connect to Downtown and the Legacy Trail. Visit the Town Branch Trail homepage to learn more about this trail.
Town Branch Trail construction activity:
The construction of the Town Branch Trail-Distillery District has officially started. This section of trail is from Forbes Road at Manchester St. along Manchester to its intersection with Oliver Lewis Way. It includes the additional turn lanes at Manchester and Forbes. The contractor is ATS Construction and they have crews on-site working to construct the trail.
- Work continued on the trail in Zone 6 along Manchester St. between the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing and Oliver Lewis Way.
- Curb/gutter and drainage improvements were finalized, the trail was built, and the roadway was resurfaced.
- After final striping and signs are installed, the trail in this area will be complete and open to the public for use.
- Work between Forbes Rd. and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Crossing has been delayed due to Columbia Gas and AT&T Utility Relocations. Those relocations should be completed over the winter, allowing construction to resume when the weather allows in 2021.
Legacy Trail Phase 3 construction updates
The Legacy Trail Phase Three connects previously completed 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 was recently completed and is now open to the public. 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.
LFUCG hosted a ribbon-cutting for the Legacy Trail on October 8, 2020.
See more about the event by visiting LFUCG's news page.