Total construction to extend trail by 5.8 miles
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today announced funding to extend the Town Branch Trail.
The Town Branch Trail project comprises six separate construction segments covering 5.8 miles from the area of Masterson Station Park on the west side, through the revitalized Distillery District and into the downtown. The first two segments have been constructed, and construction is pending for a third.
The fourth segment, which will begin this year, will be 2,800 feet long and will cost $1.01 million. The fifth one, which will be designed in 2015, is one mile long and will cost $5.1 million. Both are expected to be completed by 2016.
Funding for the sixth segment, totaling $401,000, will extend the trail by 1½ miles from McConnell Springs Park, through the Distillery District, to Oliver Lewis Way in downtown.
“The Town Branch Trail is going to be an invaluable asset for Lexington and the greater community – not just today but for generations to come,” Beshear said. “It also is a giant step toward the ultimate realization of Lexington’s vision of a greenway network that promotes alternative transportation with the added benefit of outdoor recreation and exercise, all of which in turn promotes cleaner air, better public health, environmental awareness, tourism and business.