The proposed Newtown Pike Extension Project extends as a four-lane boulevard from Main Street in a southerly direction to Patterson Street. In June 2000, a report was issued concerning the purpose and need for extending Newtown Pike. The purpose and needs statement focused on:
- Drawing unnecessary traffic out of downtown;
- Improving flow of through traffic;
- Minimizing impact on the University of Kentucky’s central campus;
- Reducing automobile congestion;
- Improving downtown redevelopment opportunities;
- Not imposing undue burden on other areas; and
- Increasing opportunities for transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
From this study, a map of the preferred traffic corridor was developed.
The partners in this project, which include the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Record of Decision.
This project has been a part of the Lexington comprehensive planning process for many years, and it is currently identified in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Six- Year Highway Construction Program with a funding commitment. The implementation schedule is:
Schedule – Design- Environmental Documentation – 2001 – 2007
Phase I – Construction 2012
Phase II* – ROW 2011 – 2013 Construction 2013 – 2014
Phase III* – ROW 2014 – 2015 Construction 2015-2016
Phase IV – Open to traffic September 1, 2010
The project continues to move through the Design Phase which included submittal of the Environmental Impact Statement and additional planning for the South End Park Urban Village Plan. Public Involvement continues to be an important aspect of the entire project. Informational meetings, project team planning meetings, and other related activities will continue throughout the Right of Way, Design, and Construction Phases.
Due to the anticipated costs of the project, the project will be implemented into four separate construction sections. These sections will be constructed sequentially. The following is a description of each sections.
Phase I – Relocation Housing
This phase will consist of a small acquisition, in the mitigation area, along the western side of Deroode Street, between the Versailles Road Viaduct and Merino Street. The properties will be used to construct approximately 20 to 25 single and multi family homes for the relocates of the Southend Park Neighborhood (Lower Davistown) and the proposed boulevard.
Phase II – Versailles Road to Broadway
This phase will consist of acquisition of the majority of the remaining mitigation area, with the exception of Harry Gordon Steel and the existing Nathanial Mission property. Property will be acquired from Versailles Road to Broadway. Construction of the sites for the commercial space, institutional space, and approximately 25 to 30 single family and multi family homes will be built in the mitigation area. The boulevard will be constructed from Versailles Road to Broadway. The Nathanial Mission will be kept in operation at its existing location while a new mission is constructed.
Phase III – Scott Street Connector
This phase will acquire Harry Gordon Steel, finishing out acquisition for the mitigation area, and the property for the Scott Street Connector. Construction of multi family homes will complete the housing for the mitigation area. The boulevard will be constructed from the intersection of Paterson and Newtown Extended to Limestone. This portion of the boulevard will include the construction of the bridge over Broadway as well as the new intersection at Limestone and Scott Street (New entrance for the University of Kentucky).
Phase IV – Main Street to Versailles Road
This component of the Project was awarded through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This phase acquired the property from Versailles Road to Main Street and included construction of a new bridge over the town branch, and an at grade intersection with Manchester Street.
This phase was completed and opened to traffic on September 1, 2010. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the road was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
View a map of the phasing area (click to view)