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Avenue of Champions to be Closed Temporarily Starting Nov. 12

sign of road closed with a traffic cone setting beside it

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2020) Paving is coming to Avenue of Champions on the University of Kentucky campus this week necessitating temporary closure of the street. This milling and paving project is the final phase of the two-mile long sanitary sewer project from Oliver Lewis Way to Tates Creek Road. Euclid Avenue will be paved in the coming weeks as well. 

Avenue of Champions will be closed from Rose Street to South Limestone from 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, to 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16. The intersection of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue will remain open. This closure is necessary for safety reasons; there will be significant drops as a result of milling the top layer of the road.  

There will be no right turn from South Limestone to Avenue of Champions. Drivers should use East Maxwell Street as a detour route. From Euclid Avenue, drivers can use Rose Street to East High Street as a detour. There will be a flagger to assist with pedestrian traffic on Avenue of Champions during this project. 

The Gatton Student Center parking lot will not be accessible during the street closure. The campus bus Blue Route will be impacted by the closure, as well. Blue Route buses will turn right on Vine, then right on Rose. The bus stop at the Gatton Student Center will be unavailable during this closure.

The project to replace the sanitary sewer began near Oliver Lewis Way and ran through the UK campus and down Euclid Avenue to Tates Creek Road. The original sewer was 80 years old, and many of the other utilities in the area were decades old as well. Sewer construction was completed in August, but final paving was not scheduled until construction on the other utilities was also finished.  

Drivers are reminded to drive slowly and be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers. For more information on the sewer project, please visit

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