Gov. Beshear presents funding for Town Branch Commons


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear today ceremonially presented $2.7 million in funding for another section of Lexington’s long-awaited urban park known as Town Branch Commons.

The project is to include creation of a pedestrian crossing, with signal, on Vine Street in the vicinity of the central transit center for Lextran, the public transportation system for Lexington.

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The new funding, from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, is for design and construction of the section of Town Branch Trail Corridor running along Vine Street between Limestone and Quality streets.

In addition to a signalized pedestrian crossing, the project area will have lighting upgrades and realigned bus bays in the transit center. The signal for the pedestrian crossing will include a phase to allow buses to safely exit the transit center.

The project area also will have green areas for storm water infiltration and separate bicycle lanes on Water Street, a narrow street between and parallel to Vine and Main streets.  The bike lanes will help connect the Rose Street and Old Vine Street bikeway and will make a bike connection to the University of Kentucky campus at Limestone and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The university’s campus master plan specifically recommends a connection to the Town Branch Trail to encourage more faculty and students to use alternative transportation.

The federal grant is for $2,730,215. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is providing matching funds of $682,554.

The Town Branch Commons Corridor is a greenway network and linear park that will thread through Lexington, promoting alternative transportation by attracting droves of runners, walkers and bicyclists. Much of the trail derives its name from the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek, the historic stream along which Lexington was settled in 1775.