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CentrePointe construction to impact traffic

Long-awaited project begins Sunday in downtown Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2013) — Beginning Sunday, construction activity on the CentrePointe block is expected to have a significant impact on traffic flow downtown.

centrepointeThe Webb Companies, developer of the block bounded by Main, Vine, Upper and Limestone streets, has received permits from the city for lane blockages near the site and for grading.

On Sunday, the block of Upper Street between Main and Vine streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. while crews are setting up traffic controls and other construction measures. Traffic will be detoured to Mill Street.

The construction will shut down all sidewalks around the CentrePointe block and close the left turn lane of Limestone Street onto Main Street 24 hours a day. Motorists wishing to turn left from Limestone onto Main Street will have to use the center turn and through lane of Limestone. Pedestrians in the area will have to use the opposite sides of the streets while the sidewalks are blocked.

The project also wil eliminate on-street metered parking near the construction. Concrete barriers and fencing will be placed around the site.

The city grading permit allows some blasting, but the developers will have to obtain specific permission from the state before blasting can occur on the site.

“No blasting schedule has been set up yet,” said Derek Paulsen, commissioner of the city’s Department of Planning. “We will let everyone know in advance before that occurs.”

Developers will also be required to comply with the city’s noise ordinance, which limits the hours blasting can occur.