For nearly two centuries, the section of Newtown Pike between Fourth Street and Loudon Avenue was known as the location of the Eastern State Hospital. Eastern State Hospital was founded in 1817 and is the second oldest psychiatric hospital in the United States. In 2008, it was announced that Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will open a campus on the 65-acre site of Eastern State Hospital and the hospital would be moving to a brand new facility in University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus. In August of 2013, BCTC opened its first building on the Newtown Pike campus, ushering in a new era for this historic Lexington corridor. In order for BCTC to open its new campus on time and “build a brighter future for citizens of the Bluegrass region” the surrounding roadway infrastructure had to be upgraded… immediately!
Improvements to Newtown Pike, Fourth Street, Loudon Avenue and US 25 / Georgetown Road included roadway widening, new curb and gutters, adding turn lanes, converting a one-way road to a two-way road, realigning an intersection and relocating a sanitary sewer. The project also included a shared use path connecting the Legacy Trail (a 12 mile walking and biking trail) at the North Lexington YMCA to the new BCTC campus.
HMB Professional Engineers, Inc. (HMB) was contracted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for this fast track project. Along with the aggressive design schedule, HMB was responsible for coordination with the City of Lexington, the architects for BCTC, the site designers, landscape architects, the BCTC contractor, RJ Corman Railroad, all utility owners and the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet. These improvements will allow for the continued growth along this historic Lexington corridor.