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State Road Plan Funds Major Lexington Projects

Major road projects in and around Lexington are set to receive funding under Gov. Beshear’s proposed six-year road plan.

The plan gives a green light to continue construction on projects along New Circle Road, Leestown Road, and other major arteries.

Gov. Beshear touched on infrastructure projects in Eastern Kentucky and Louisville in his budget address Tuesday, but it was the $7 billion dollar state road plan released on Wednesday that outlines the changes Lexington could see over the next several years.

Among the projects are the continued extension of Newtown Pike, the widening of New Circle, Leestown, and Todds Road, and new bike lanes on the University of Kentucky campus and along Southland Drive.

The largest project in Fayette County is New Circle, which is set for completion by Fiscal Year 2018 at a cost of $34.6 million according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Still, the draft plan is not set in stone. Lawmakers often amend the plan and projects are not always started or completed on schedule.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.