Construction on UK campus to impact traffic, bus service

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Construction on raised crosswalks begins Monday on the University of Kentucky campus and will impact traffic and bus services this week, according to UK Police.

Construction will take place on Woodland and Hilltop Avenues and will temporarily impact southbound traffic and bus service in that area.

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According to university officials, during construction, Woodland and Hilltop avenues will be closed to southbound traffic from the intersection of Sports Center Drive to the intersection of University Drive. Southbound traffic will be detoured onto Sports Center Drive.

Northbound travel will not be impacted.

“We’re excited about the safety features these crosswalks offer for pedestrians,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services.

The temporary closure will facilitate construction of two raised crosswalks, one on Woodland Avenue between Chellgren Hall and Woodland Glen II and the other on Hilltop Avenue between The 90 and Lewis Hall.

The project is funded through a partnership between UK Transportation Services, Facilities Management and the university’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. University officials say the crosswalks will be similar to the raised crosswalk on University Drive between Lewis and Johnson halls.

Drivers who park in the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) will be able to access the garage only from University Drive by turning left onto Hilltop Avenue. Exiting traffic will remain unchanged; vehicles will be able to either turn right onto University Drive or continue straight on Hilltop Avenue as normal.

The campus Blue Route (Lextran Route 14) will also be impacted during this project. The Blue Route will be rerouted via Sports Center Drive and will rejoin its regular route on University Drive south of Cooper Drive. Bus stops at Woodland Avenue, William T. Young Library, Huguelet Drive and Hospital Drive will be temporarily closed. Temporary bus stops will be established on Sports Center Drive adjacent to Woodland Glen II and near the Complex Drive intersection.

The campus White Route and associated bus stops will not be affected.

“With the amount of student housing and vehicles traveling through this area, these new crosswalks are designed to slow vehicular traffic, increase visibility of pedestrians and support the university’s efforts toward promoting a pedestrian friendly campus,” said Broeking.

Construction is estimated to end Friday, August 2.

For more information and detour maps, click HERE.

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