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Newtown Pike project approaches its South Broadway destination

Employees with ATS Construction smoothed a newly poured concrete median as they worked on the Newtown Pike extension in Lexington on Sept. 21. This phase of the decade-long project will connect Oliver Lewis Way at Versailles Road with South Broadway, giving Lexington a four-lane boulevard from Interstates 75/64 around the northwest side of the city to the University of Kentucky campus area.
Employees with ATS Construction smoothed a newly poured concrete median as they worked on the Newtown Pike extension in Lexington on Sept. 21. This phase of the decade-long project will connect Oliver Lewis Way at Versailles Road with South Broadway, giving Lexington a four-lane boulevard from Interstates 75/64 around the northwest side of the city to the University of Kentucky campus area. cbertram@herald-leader.com

Though a section of Lexington’s Newtown Pike extension to South Broadway has nearly reached its destination, there is still about a year of work left in this phase.

The entire section is scheduled to be completed in September 2017, state transportation officials said. The road might look largely finished now, but the project also includes the extension of De Roode Street, widening of South Broadway and the construction of a large box culvert and several retaining walls.

The project began more than 10 years ago and is being completed in phases. The current phase involves construction of the four-lane boulevard from Versailles Road to South Broadway through the old Davis Bottom neighborhood.

The project has required the acquisition of 20 to 25 houses and the relocation of those families.

When completed, Newtown Pike and Oliver Lewis Way will connect Interstates 75/64 around northwest Lexington to South Broadway near the University of Kentucky campus.

The final section that will go from Scott Street to South Limestone has not yet been funded beyond design and some environmental studies, said Natasha Lacy, a spokeswoman for the state Transportation Cabinet. State transportation officials are in the process of applying for a grant for the final section, she said.

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