The potential impacts that the Town Branch Commons Corridor (TBCC ) project will have on the central Lexington business district and immediate neighborhoods are immense, but pale in comparison to the broader contextual impact the TBCC will have on the region. The TBCC is an innovative multimodal greenway that will provide the critical missing link in 2 regional trail systems—the Legacy Trail and Town Branch Trail— connecting the urban core and Downtown Transit Center to the rural Bluegrass region. The earlier trail projects were the result of collaborative federal / state / community efforts, and the TBCC seeks to leverage these important partnerships to transform an existing auto-centric road into several distinct and connected multi-modal transportation zones that unite the city. Through its unique linear park-like design and stormwater management systems, this project will help to create a livable, sustainable streetscape over 1.8 miles of downtown Lexington, following the historic path of Town Branch Creek. The TBCC is the first step of a larger vision for Lexington, and its construction will catalyze public-private investment to build the rest of the Town Branch Commons, a linear park system that would add much-needed public space along these critical transportation improvement projects.
This application provides for much needed transportation and safety enhancements that transform underutilized parks, pedestrian facilities, and transit facilities while leveraging existing right of way. This TIGER project will activate Lexington’s primary downtown east-west corridors (US-25/421/60) while linking established and emerging neighborhoods with existing regional trail systems. Mobility enhancements include completing critical gaps in trail and pedestrian infrastructure, separating bike infrastructure from vehicles, improving pedestrian facilities and providing safe pedestrian access to transit facilities, corridor safety improvements and traffic calming features. The project also includes a significant application of bioswales and other green infrastructure to help manage storm water and improve both aesthetics and safety by providing buffers between uses throughout the corridor.
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Mayor Jim Gray