Alumni Drive between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads, which has been closed since May, is to reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday.
The realigned road was completed "on time and on budget — actually one day ahead of schedule," said Eric Monday, the University of Kentucky's executive vice president for finance and administration.
The $5 million project — paid for with state transportation money — was focused on "creating a safer pathway through the campus," Monday said. "It's also focused on improved ability of pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the campus.
"We know this project has been a significant inconvenience for many," Monday said, and he thanked motorists for their patience.
The completion comes just as students begin moving back on campus as early as Saturday and continuing next week. Classes begin Aug. 26.
Two one-lane roundabouts have been created on the well-traveled connector road that provides access to Commonwealth Stadium, other UK sports fields and The Arboretum.
The roundabouts replace intersections and stops at College Way and University Drive. The roundabouts are expected to "calm" traffic and slow vehicular speeds.
Roundabouts aren't foreign to Central Kentucky. Two are on Reynolds Road and Old Frankfort Pike in Fayette County, another is just south of Cynthiana, and a fourth is north of Danville.
Motorists are reminded that, if no vehicles are immediately approaching, it is legal to proceed into a roundabout without stopping and proceed through it counterclockwise. When inside the roundabout, don't stop for vehicles waiting to enter it. Those driving in a roundabout have the right of way over vehicles waiting to enter.
About 18,000 to 20,000 cars travel that section of Alumni Drive daily. The realignment increases that capacity to 25,000 vehicles a day, Monday said.
The reconfigured corridor has new bicycle and pedestrian paths. A "shared-use path" will run the entire length of the corridor. That path will be on the north side of the road from Tates Creek to University Drive, and on the south side from University Drive to Nicholasville Road.
In addition, that section of Alumni will have a 5-foot-wide bike lane in each direction. At the roundabouts, cyclists might choose to merge with traffic and travel through the roundabout as a vehicle. Or they might exit the road and navigate the intersection on the pedestrian path that circles the roundabout.
UK designed the project.