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 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 Newtown Pike in March 2020. Work started on Vine St. at Broadway in July 2020. Work near the Lexington Center is expected starting fall 2020. Work on Vine St. 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 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 substantially complete on this zone.
Description of work completed and underway:
- 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. Banner poles have been reinstalled and replanting will occur this fall.
- During demolition a historic foundation was uncovered. Archaeologists were called to the site for additional excavation, documentation, and research deemed necessary by the State Historic Preservation Office and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
- All storm sewer drainage, curb and gutter, and infrastructure for street lights has been completed.
- RJ Corman has installed a new pedestrian railroad crossing agate for the bike & pedestrian path near Third St.
- The final asphalt has been poured for the multi-use path and new intersections constructed with ADA ramps installed.
- All new roadwork asphalt has been completed.
- Remaining work to be done moving forward will be completing the landscaping items in the fall, the pavement markings for the trail, highway signing, and street lighting installation by Kentucky Utilities.
Zone 4: Vine St. at Lexington Center from Tucker St. to Broadway
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2020 in coordination with the Lexington Center construction project already underway.
Zone 3: Vine St. from Broadway to Upper St.
Construction has started on Vine St. Temporary lane closures may occur to accommodate work to construct the trail.Work will continue in this zone through fall 2020.
- Contractors have mobilized on Vine St. and demolition is underway. All light poles and additional items to be salvaged have been removed and stored.
- Trees have been removed on the north side of Vine St. from Broadway to Upper St.
- Lane markings on Vine St. have been redone to shift traffic south to allow for construction to begin along the northern curb. This new striping has eliminated the bike lane on Vine Street through the construction phase. Fun fact- if you travel down Vine Street today, the far left yellow line suggests where the new curb for Town Branch Commons will be. The marking shows how the sidewalk will be widened to accommodate safe bike and pedestrian paths.
- Pedestrian detours have been indicated at street level to accommodate foot traffic while sidewalks are closed to accommodate trail construction.
- Construction of the trail and the storm water features will be ongoing through the end of the year in this zone
- Demolition began on the Hilton block between Broadway and Mill St. The contractor has completed the demolition of the block, and is installing the storm sewer system and some of the new sidewalk.
- Demolition on the Fifth Third/Big Blue Tower block between Mill and Upper is set to begin as early as next week.
- Work began today on the City Center block to finalize the bike and ped paths and prepare for installation of pavers and signature project elements.
- All driveways will remain accessible and entrances to businesses will be accommodated as needed in coordination with property & business owners/manager.
Zone 2: Vine St. from Limestone to Quality St.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
Zone 1: Vine St. from Quality St. to Main St. and Midland Ave. from Main St. to Third St.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
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. 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 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 August 10 to August 14
- Windstream, Spectrum, and ATT are continuing to relocate their facilities.
Goals for week of August 17 and next several weeks
- Windstream, Century Link, Crown Castle, ATT and Metronet will be working along Manchester Street.
- Columbia Gas will start installing gas lines along Old Frankfort Pike north side.
- The box culvert extension work will begin once the utilities are relocated in August/September.
Legacy Trail Phase 3 Construction Updates
The Legacy Trail Phase Three will connect 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 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 Ave. Once completed in fall 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.
Legacy Trail construction activity:
Activity from August 10 to August 14
- Started working on Punch List items
- 3rd Street was milled
- Continued working on the landscaping on 3rd Street.
Goals for August
- Paving operations to start on Third St mid-August
- Note: The colorized demarcation (green bike lanes) will not be installed until 30 days after the asphalt has been laid. This is to allow the asphalt to cure. The green bike lanes will be installed around September 17th.