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Crews rushing to finish construction in downtown Lexington before World Equestrian Games

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

We are now less than 50 days from the World Equestrian Games, and much of downtown Lexington is still a construction zone.

Crews are still working on the downtown street scape project.

That project was originally slated to be completed August 20, but the developer now says it looks like it won't be finished until the first week of September.

George Milligan, with Street Scape Project Manager, says crews have already started working Saturdays and nights to speed up the project.

One major hold up is they're still waiting for new traffic signals for Vine Street, but Milligan says those should be on the way shortly.

Crews anticipate to have Vine Street milled and paved by the end of this week.

Milligan says he doesn't anticipate any visitors in town for the World Equestrian Games to be dismayed by the evidence of construction.

He says there are 3 projects going on in downtown Lexington right now. One on Vine Street will cost $1.6 million, one on West Main will cost $1.7 million, and one on East Main will cost $2 million.

In terms of budget for the project, Milligan says they're slightly over the $6 million allotted for the 3 projects. He says any time you do work underground, you're bound to run into a hiccup or two.

Milligan says he meet with the contractors of all three projects every week for updates and is confident they'll get the job done.

"We don't plan on putting contractors into penalties the contractor is allowed weather delays and they've balanced themselves out," Milligan says.

In addition to being ready for the World Equestrian Games, those who participate in the Midsummer Night's Run Saturday should be running on a freshly paved Vine Street as well.

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