UPDATE: Brighton Trail pedestrian bridge nears completion

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UPDATE POSTED 4 P.M. JULY 30, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Crews are putting the finishing touches on the newest pedestrian bridge for one of the city’s growing list of walking and biking trails.

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Work began almost a year ago on the Brighton Trail Bridge over Man O’ War Boulevard near Helmsdale Place. Although the bridge looks largely complete, it remains blocked at each end for safety reasons while other details, fencing, and signage are completed.

The city says it hopes to have it dedicated and open late next month.

Once the bridge is complete, the shared use trail will stretch 4.5 miles, traveling through the Liberty Park and Hamburg neighborhoods to the west, and the Andover Forest neighborhood to the east.

The project was paid for with $2.8 million in federal funds.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED SEPT. 9, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – More than a decade in the making, work has begun on the Brighton Rail Trail Bridge, Mayor Linda Gorton and 6th District Councilmember Lisa Higgins-Hord announced Wednesday.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day since 2009, when we started working on this funding. This bridge makes important connections to trails and neighborhoods, making it possible for more people to access the trail,” Gorton said.

The 280-foot bridge, which is expected to be completed next summer, will connect rail trails east and west of Man O’ War Boulevard, spanning the road between Liquor Barn and the Brighton Place Shoppes.

Users will access the bridge via ramps on each end of the structure.

Once the bridge is complete, the shared use trail will stretch 4.5 miles, traveling through the Liberty Park and Hamburg neighborhoods to the west, and the Andover Forest neighborhood to the east.

“Brighton is a beautiful place to get outside and get exercise,” Gorton said. “Portions of it are tree-lined.” There are multiple access points.

“Residents of the 6th District are thrilled that construction is finally beginning on the Brighton Rail Trail Pedestrian bridge,” Higgins-Hord said. “The bridge will connect the existing trail sections to create a safe shared-used trail option for families and citizens to enjoy.

“The new connection will elevate the quality of life for all of those who choose to use the trails’ connectivity to access park amenities, shopping, and increased pedestrian walkability,” she added.

Brighton Rail Trail was Lexington’s first rail-trail, and it is the primary off-road shared use trail in the eastern half of Fayette County.

Once the bridge is complete, the trail will connect to bike lanes on Liberty Road, a shared-use trail in Liberty Park, and a trail connecting the Gleneagles neighborhood.

More than 40,000 people use Liberty Park, Brighton Rail, and the Gleneagles trails annually.

The driving factors for the construction of the federally funded $2.8 million bridge have been safety and connectivity.