Fayette County

Legacy Trail is on track, official says, as new bridge is installed

The project manager for the Legacy Trail says plans are moving according to schedule for a grand opening in September.

On Thursday, a new bridge was installed, and a section of the path that will link downtown with the Kentucky Horse Park has already been paved.

Keith Lovan, project manager for the 8.5-mile pedestrian trail, said it should be open to the public by Sept. 12, in time for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The termination points of the trail, which ties in local art and history along its path, are the Northside YMCA and the Horse Park, Lovan said. The total cost of the project is $7.8 million.

The steel truss bridge installed Thursday was the first of seven, and is located on the Lexmark property off Newtown Pike. Lovan said one mile of a concrete trail is in place at Coldstream Park, and the rest of the 12-foot-wide path will be asphalt. By the grand opening in September, Lovan said, the trail will be complete except for landscaping and grading details.

"We are working on a tunnel that will run under I-75 and 64, rain gardens, native grasses and meadows and public art," Lovan said.