Millions Provided For Newtown Pike Expansion

Mayor Jim Newberry and Congressman Ben Chandler announced new details for a planned expansion of Newtown Pike.

The two announced they have received more than 40 million dollars in grant money for the project.

The proposed extension will develop a four-lane corridor from Main Street to an area near UK.

Officials have hoped the extension will be complete by 2010, for easier access to the Kentucky Horse Park in time for the World Equestrian Games.

AP Story

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry wants a bridge that people will remember.

Newberry says a "signature bridge" will span Town Branch as part of the Newtown Pike extension project.

Recalling San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and Boston's Zakim Bridge over the Charles River, Newberry said Monday such a bridge would welcome visitors with a strong statement about community pride and history.

Asked what the bridge might look like, the mayor he's the last guy who should try to design it. The city has hired an engineering firm and concept bridges haven't yet been discussed.

Construction on the extension began last month with an aim of better access to the University of Kentucky campus.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ScareCrow Location: Oz on Dec 18, 2007 at 09:35 AM
    Let's hope the bridge does as much for the city as Man O War has done to alleviate traffic congestion.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Dec 18, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    Hey, I got a bridge in Brooklyn I'll sell you, Mr. Mayor.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:56 PM
    Instead of spending money to make some fancy- smancy bridge, why not save up funding to hire extra police protection to aid our town because of all the drunks that will be all over town for the Equestrian Games. Not only that but how 'bout paving some of the horrible roads that cover our city.
  • by Bill on Dec 17, 2007 at 06:07 PM
    Hello out there. Any bodie out there. Our rds in Eastern Ky don't have guard rails on the mtns rds. Nor shoulders,our communites are blocked from each other by one lane dirt rds.To hell with Newtown Pike.
  • by wilhemakeit Location: Lecington on Dec 17, 2007 at 11:41 AM
    Where did the "grant" money come from? Is this Federal Money, State or local money? Why was Rep. Chandler involved? Why was this announcement done so closely on the tail of the H-L news article on Davistown? Is there more that we don't know?

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