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Lexington planning division seeks input on future of Nicholasville Road

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Posted at 10:17 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:27:04-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A new effort by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government looks to the future of an area notorious for traffic and congestion problems: Nicholasville Road.

On Wednesday, an open house was held at the Lexington Green where the public was asked to "Imagine Nicholasville Road." The planning division will take input from the meeting and an online survey to develop concepts that will shape the city's goals for the corridor, said Kenzie Gleason, an administrative officer for the division of planning.

"We’re interested in where people see opportunities, where people see challenges, where they think there are problems that we need to improve," Gleason said.

At the beginning of the meeting, Gleason asked the crowd if they ever avoid Nicholasville Road. Hands shot up.

"We avoid it at all costs and if there’s some smart ways to change that then I’m interested," said Connie Jo Miller, an attendee at the open house.

Many who attended brought up concerns about traffic and a lack of transportation options.

The open house included interactive stations where people could create plans for future projects and use stickers to point out problem areas along a map.

A map on display at the meeting showed an average of about 74,000 cars travel through the intersection of Nicholasville Road and New Circle Road each day.

"How can we encourage people to think about traveling in different ways?" said Gleason. "Because over time it won’t be sustainable to continue to use as many vehicles on Nicholasville Road as we do today.

The online survey can be found at http://imaginenicholasvilleroad.com/