Local/Regional News
2:54 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Work Begins On Lexington's Northern Connector

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Work to extend Citation Boulevard and widen Leestown Road between New Circle Road and Masterson Station Park is now underway. The project has been subject to a decade’s worth of delays.

Many residents and city leaders say the northern connector between Leestown and Georgetown roads can’t come soon enough. The $38M project, now in the hands of L-M Asphalt Partners of Lexington, is intended to ease traffic and attract more businesses to the city’s north end.

Urban County Councilwoman Shevawn Akers, whose district will see the most direct impact from the changes, says the population in the area has grown rapidly in the years since the connector was proposed.

Project engineer with the state Transportation Cabinet Tony McGaha says the early work – clearing trees and relocating utility lines – began in June.

While McGaha says travelers should not see major delays while utilities are relocated, once construction commences on Leestown Road, only one lane will be open in both directions.

Work is expected to be complete by December 2015.