Oliver Lewis Way (KY 922) opened to traffic after a ceremony on September 22, 2017.

The current Newtown Pike Extension Project extends as a four-lane boulevard from Main Street in a southerly direction to Patterson Street. In June 2000, a report was issued concerning the purpose and need for extending Newtown Pike. The purpose and needs statement focused on:

  • Drawing unnecessary traffic out of downtown
  • Improving flow of through traffic
  • Minimizing impact on the University of Kentucky’s central campus
  • Reducing automobile congestion
  • Improving downtown redevelopment opportunities
  • Increasing opportunities for transit, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities
  • Not imposing undue burden on other areas

From this study, a map of the preferred traffic corridor was developed.

Newtown Pike Corridor Plan

Southend Park Urban Village Plan

This project has been a part of the Lexington comprehensive planning process for many years. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has committed the funding through 2023 to finalize Phase 2.

Newtown Pike Extension Partners


Lexington Fayette County Urban Government

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US Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Federal Highway Administration

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The University of Kentucky