LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2012) — Mayor Jim Gray, Councilmember Jay McChord and neighbors today celebrated the completion of major improvements to one section of Clays Mill Road, and looked ahead to future improvements.
“This is a first step, but it has taken more than 10 years of planning and a year of construction to get to this point, so it’s important to take time to celebrate,” Gray said. “The improvements along Clays Mill Road will one day improve traffic flow and, just as importantly, retain the character of the wonderful neighborhoods found all along the road.”
Gray credited neighbors with putting together a balanced plan for a three-lane road.
McChord, who is stepping down this year from the 9th District Council seat he has held since 2005, said the Clays Mill Road project has been his highest priority.
“As a life-long resident of the Clays Mill corridor, I am so proud to see after 30-plus years of only talking about improving this road, we have now completed significant portions of this important road,” he said. “This particular project has been the highest priority of mine while serving on council and needs to be the highest priority of anyone serving as the 9th District Councilmember.”
City and state transportation officials are working together on the Clays Mill project.
The first phase of the work, between Keithshire Way and Higbee Mill Road, cost approximately $3.9 million. The work included new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes and storm sewers, as well as extensive landscaping and a limestone retaining wall. Contractors are putting the finishing touches on landscaping and a few minor issues.
Gray and McChord said work on the next phase, between Higbee Mill and Twain Ridge Road (outside Man-O-War), will begin next spring. The .3-mile section of road will have the same features as the first phase. Cost for phase two is approximately $3 million.
The road was designed by CDP Engineers and the contractor for the first phase of construction was Woodall Construction.