City warns about driving in downtown Lexington

Lexington city leaders are warning drivers about possible delays in downtown. Construction work will block lanes on Main Street, Vine Street, Broadway and Mill Street. Drivers are being told to use an alternate route if possible, and to expect delays in the downtown area.

Rotating one-lane blockages will occur on Main Street between Martin Luther King Boulevard and Broadway, for streetscape work. The work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and again from 6 to 10 p.m. The left lane, parking lane and sidewalk of Main Street will be closed between North Limestone and Martin Luther King Boulevard for streetscape work as well. The right lane and sidewalk of West Main Street will also be blocked from Upper Street to Broadway for streetscape work.

Early in the week, an additional lane of West Main will be blocked between Mill Street and Broadway for work by Kentucky-American Water Company.

Streetscape work will also cause rotating one lane blockages on Vine Street, between South Broadway and South Limestone, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and again from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition, the southbound right lane of South Broadway is blocked between West High and West Main streets for 24 hours a day while storm sewers are being upgraded.

Pavement work will also take place on North Mill Street between West Short and West Main streets on Monday, June 28. “Main Street is down to a single lane in the block between Mill and Broadway for road repair, and there are various other blockages that will increase delays further for those wanting to divert away from Main,” said Steve Cummins, Traffic Signal Systems Manager for the Urban County Government.

City traffic engineers are working to ease congestion, but motorists should expect delays if they travel downtown. Traffic on Main Street is expected to be backed up to MLK or beyond during daytime work hours. “The lunch time hours will be more congested due to the increased volume,” said Cummins.

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