West Short Street in downtown Lexington was repaved and repainted over the weekend to return the traffic and parking patterns that had existed before last summer’s pilot project designed to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.
The pilot project launched last August created more outdoor seating and different parking on the popular restaurant and bar corridor. But it also created headaches for Short Street businesses, which complained about the altered traffic patterns and construction traffic connected with the 21c Museum Hotel. The city spent $183,000 on the pilot project that included repainting the street, adding benches and art.
Improved pedestrian crossings on the street will remain. But the back-in or angled parking near North Limestone was eliminated and parallel parking returned over the weekend.