LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Lexington visitors and commuters will notice traffic changes in the University of Kentucky area soon.
Avenue of Champions, from South Limestone to Lexington Avenue, will be restricted to one-way traffic beginning Monday, March 9. The intersection of South Upper and Winslow streets will be closed starting at 7 p.m., Friday, March 13, through the weekend. These temporary changes are needed to facilitate sewer line construction.
Starting March 9, Avenue of Champions will be one-way westbound (toward Limestone), beginning at Lexington Avenue. The car and bike lane on the south (Gatton Student Center) side of Avenue of Champions will be fenced off, and closed for sewer construction.
Traffic from Limestone will not be able to turn right onto Avenue of Champions, and must use Maxwell Street as a detour. To cross Avenue of Champions, pedestrians should use the crosswalks at Limestone and Lexington Avenue. Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of Avenue of Champions as long as they are safe. The Limestone to Lexington Avenue section of the sewer construction along Avenue of Champions is expected to be complete in the fall. Drivers should be extra cautious in construction areas. Slow down and watch for cyclists and pedestrians.
A new manhole will be installed on South Upper Street, and 40 feet of pipe will be laid to connect the manhole to the Winslow sewer starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13.
Upper will be closed at Winslow, and Winslow will be closed from Jersey to Upper to accommodate this work. South Upper and Winslow are expected to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday, March 16. Contractors hope to finish the work during the weekend. However, weather or conditions beneath the road may slow progress. If the project isn’t completed over the weekend, nightly shutdowns will be scheduled to allow for completion.
Lexington residents, commuters and visitors are encouraged to click here for traffic information and updates about the project.