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Town Branch Commons Project Gets More than $3 Million in Federal Money

Stu Johnson

More than $3 million in federal money is going to support Lexington’s Town Branch Commons linear park.  Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen on Monday announced the federal grant during an event downtown. “This will be like putting a strip of bluegrass right through the heart of downtown,” said Luallen.  “And I think we’re seeing a growing awareness especially in the younger generations for alternative means of transportation.”

Luallen says that includes cycling, walking, and running.  She says it would benefit the community to have those options in the heart of downtown Lexington. 

Downtown Development Authority President Jeff Fugate says the money will be used to link the current Legacy trail with bike paths.  “So, the $3.2 million grant is specifically for the construction of the bike path and pedestrian improvements between Issac Murphy Memorial Art Garden and Main Street," Fugate explained. "It will connect the end of the Legacy Trail to the Main Street bike paths.” 

Private fundraising efforts for the project continue.  There is no startup date for construction.?

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