FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) -Demolition work is scheduled to begin this month at the Capital Plaza Complex to make way for a new downtown office building and parking garage in Frankfort. Some street closures will be necessary and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is working with the construction contractor to implement changes that will help manage traffic flow.
During the first phase of demolition, KY 420 (Clinton Street) will be closed between Wilkinson Boulevard and St. Clair Street. This road closure is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and will be in place until approximately March 1, 2018.
To help with traffic flow, Clinton Street will be converted to 2-way traffic between the parking lot entrance to the John C. Watts Federal Building and High Street (see map below).
The traffic signals at the intersections of Clinton Street with St. Clair and Ann Streets will be converted to all-way stop intersections. Pedestrian crossing will be allowed at these intersections, but the electronic pedestrian indicators will be turned off.
Mero Street will also be converted to 2-way traffic between Wilkinson Boulevard and Ann Street. Motorists traveling east on US 127 (West Frankfort Connector) who need to access Clinton Street will be detoured north along Wilkinson Boulevard to Mero Street then St. Clair Street. From that point they can access Clinton Street.
Mero Street between St. Clair Street and Ann Street will have a right turn lane only onto Ann Street. The intersection of Mero Street and Ann Street will be converted to a stop condition for all approaches, including the exit from the KYTC Office Building. Pedestrian crossing will be allowed at this intersection, but the electronic pedestrian indicators will be turned off.
To accommodate the additional traffic, on-street parking will be prohibited along Mero Street between Wilkinson Boulevard and St. Clair Street. Parking will also be prohibited along on Clinton Street from Wilkinson Boulevard to Lewis Street for the purpose of construction activities.
Some sidewalk restrictions may be necessary near the Capital Plaza Complex and Frankfort Convention Center during construction.
The YMCA garage on Clinton Street will be closed temporarily during this phase of the project and will reopen at a later date. YMCA patrons will need to use the surface parking lot accessible from Broadway or park along the street. Both in and out access to the Fountain Place Parking Garage will be made from Mero Street during this phase.
Upon re-opening of Clinton Street in March 2018, this route will remain a 2-way street through the spring of 2019. Mero Street will close in March 2018 between Wilkinson Boulevard and St. Clair Street. This street closure will last approximately twelve months. More details on this closure will be provided as construction progresses.
Motorists are urged to pay close attention to traffic control signs in this corridor through the duration of the project.
The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5 .