University of Kentucky Circles in on Corridor Improvements
Enhancing Multimodal Safety and Efficiency
As part of master planning to upgrade its facilities and road network, the University of Kentucky undertook a $4.17 million reconstruction project in the summer of 2015 to widen Alumni Drive, reduce congestion and improve multimodal access and safety. Alumni Drive is a critical thoroughfare at the south end of the university’s main campus in Lexington. It provides daily access for 19,000 vehicles to the university; its football venue, Commonwealth Stadium, and other athletic facilities; the 100-acre Arboretum; the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky; daycare and senior centers; residential complexes and several parking lots. The 1.4-mile corridor serves multiple users: students and workers, regional commuters, pedestrians, cyclists, buses, emergency vehicles and Wildcats football game-day crews. While long desired, the project picked up steam as Alumni Drive’s pavement deteriorated beyond a typical resurfacing project. Additionally, a four-way stop caused congestion for motorists, while the roadway conditions made it difficult for bicyclists and pedestrians to traverse the corridor safely.
The improvements were completed one day ahead of schedule within an accelerated, 10-month design and construction schedule...
The goal of this project was to provide the University of Kentucky with a multimodal corridor that reflects the needs of the campus community.