Fayette County

Longer stretch of Limestone to close

The South Limestone reconstruction project will close a longer stretch of the Lexington thoroughfare than the city announced last week.

Starting Wednesday, South Limestone will be closed from Avenue of Champions all the way to Vine Street as the city begins a major reconstruction of the street and sidewalks.

The original plan was to close Limestone between Avenue of Champions and Maxwell Street, but the plan was extended to Vine by the contractor, ATS Construction, a local company.

Mike Webb, the city's commissioner of public works and development, said the change happened as the company finalized its construction plans last week.

Limestone will officially close about 2 a.m. Wednesday as city workers unveil street closing signs.

Work will begin immediately to repair and replace sanitary and storm sewers and lay conduit for burying utility lines.

"With sewers, you begin at the lowest point," Webb said. "So you'll see pipe crew working, simultaneously, at Vine and 200 feet south of Avenue of Champions. They work to the highest point, which is Maxwell."

During most of that time, there will be no through traffic on South Limestone north of Scott Street, only what Webb called local traffic, "meaning business owners can get to their shops, residents can get to their houses and deliveries like FedEx can get through."

Sewer and utility work is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15.

After that, one-lane traffic will resume between Avenue of Champions and Vine.

"Sometime in March, we'll start on sidewalks. At that time, we'll again drop back to local traffic," Webb said.

Motorists headed downtown from Nicholasville Road will have to detour left on Virginia Avenue and over to South Broadway.

Regular updates will be posted on the Web site www.southlimestoneprogress.com, which went live on Monday.

Anyone with questions can call LexCall at 425-2255.

The first meeting of the Limestone Reconstruction Commission, made up of South Limestone business owners, property owners and residents, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the third-floor conference room of the Phoenix Building, 101 East Vine Street. The meeting is open to the public.

The $13 million reconstruction of Limestone is expected to take a year.

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