LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s traffic relief for people who live and work on Lexington’s northwest side! A new section of Citation Boulevard, linking Leestown Road to Newtown Pike, opened Monday.
The original section of Citation Boulevard, between Newtown Pike and Georgetown Road, was opened to the public in June 2000. This new section, between Leestown Road and Georgetown Road, was opened Monday afternoon.
The city says the new extension gives businesses along the Leestown corridor and residents of west Lexington neighborhoods an easier way to commute and a better way to access Interstate 75.
“Citation was designed to spur and support economic development in northwest Lexington, and serve the growing residential population,” Mayor Jim Gray says. “I’m excited about the opportunities it opens up for new businesses and new jobs.”
“The completion of this section of Citation Boulevard provides a significant connection from Leestown Road to Newtown Pike,” says Kelly Baker, Chief Engineer of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 7. “This roadway will support local services and economic development, as well as improve the daily commute for many drivers on the west side of Lexington.”
The road is a joint city-state project. The bulk of the funding, $25-million, came from the state. The city added $310,000 for traffic signals. The new road runs from Jaggie Fox, past Leestown and improves a portion of Alexandria.
Gray said the new road should ease traffic on Leestown as construction continues to widen the road. That project is expected to be completed in December.
“The namesake for this road, Calumet’s great triple-crown winner Citation, was known for his endurance,” Gray said. “We’ve endured, the state has endured, we’ve crossed the finish line and we’re in the winner’s circle. The new road will be rewarding for our city.”