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'Streetscapes Project' proves a challenge downtown

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

There is a lot of work going on in downtown Lexington with the start of the Streetscapes project.

The road to beautification can be a messy one. Improvements to the sidewalks along Main and Vine Streets in downtown Lexington are proving to be a challenge for commuters and those who live here. "It seems like it's really backed up lately. Sidewalks are hard to walk down. It's kind of causing a mess," downtown resident Jon Strom said.

Strom and his dog, Doak have been rerouting their daily walks lately. "I think it will be a nuisance for the summer, but we can hope for the best.

Pedestrians aren't the only ones needing more patience these days as drivers struggle with some longer travel times. The sidewalk construction may cause an increase in traffic, but city leaders say the end result will be well worth any temporary inconvenience. "Between the slopes in the sidewalk and missing pavers and an assortment of problems with concrete along the way, we really needed to do a lot of work 50 on the downtown sidewalks," Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry told 27 NEWSFIRST.

Newberry says when the work is completed, the streetscape will be safer and have improved traffic flows. It's a promise that has many downtowners willing to grin and bare the mess for now. "I think in the end, by the time we get all this done, it ought to look great downtown. We ought to have a lot less traffic, and it ought to be a lot easier to get around and walk the dog and just enjoy downtown more," Strom said.

Mayor Newberry tells 27 Newsfirst most of the work will be completed by August in time for this summer's World Equestrian Games.

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