NICHOLASVILLE — South Limestone in Lexington had its turn. Now it's Main Street's turn in Nicholasville.
Last week, work began in earnest on a $1.6 million "streetscape" project to improve the aesthetics of a three-block section of downtown.
The work focused on the east side of the block that runs from Oak to Walnut streets, with demolition of sidewalks and curbs from CVS Pharmacy to Farmers Bank.
The work is the result of three years of planning. It will entail putting utility lines underground, and putting in new curbs and wider sidewalks.
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The project will put ramps at intersections so they are more accessible for people in wheelchairs. Sidewalks will be widened at the corners of intersections to shorten the crosswalk distance and make downtown more pedestrian friendly. The intersections also are designed to have better visibility for motorists.
In a later phase of the project, new traffic signals will be put on mast poles. The master plan for the project also calls for three new downtown parks in a later phase.
The project, financed with state bond money, began Sept. 13, the Monday after the Jessamine Jamboree weekend, Nicholasville's annual festival.
The Allen Co. of Lexington, which just finished work on U.S. 68 in Jessamine County, was the successful low bidder on the project.
The first phase of the project is supposed to be completed in spring or early next summer, depending on the weather during the work.
Updates on the project will be available at Nicholasville.org and Nicholasvillenow.org.
Informational meetings are held at 10 a.m. Mondays at Nicholasville City Hall to answer questions about the project.