GS&P Designing Lexington’s Town Branch Commons Corridor

Project to Enhance Community Connectivity, Serve as Centerpiece for City-Wide Park System

April 06, 2017   |   Lexington,  Ky.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners was recently selected by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to provide roadway design, traffic engineering, structural design and transportation planning services for the Town Branch Commons Corridor, a multimodal trail, greenway and park system along the route of buried Town Branch Creek in downtown Lexington. GS&P will also design an urban bike network, additions to the city’s Legacy Trail and Town Branch Trail system and improvements to the Lexington transit center frontage. When complete, the Town Branch Commons Corridor will link Lexington’s urban core with the Bluegrass countryside, including neighborhoods, parks and more than 20 miles of trail systems.

“Most Lexington residents don’t know that Town Branch Creek runs underneath the heart of downtown. Before it was buried, Town Branch Creek was a gathering place for the citizens of Lexington and we hope to make the corridor a gathering place once again,” commented Jim Brannon, P.E., senior vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “It’s an honor to be involved in a project that connects residents to their city’s roots.”

“Town Branch Commons is a visionary concept, one that threads together public spaces, neighborhoods and infrastructure while paying homage to the city’s history,” commented Louis Johnson, PLA, ASLA, landscape architect, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Great public spaces are a common theme among world class cities and I look forward to having a hand in this project.”

The Town Branch Commons Corridor will run along portions of Main Street, Vine Street and Midland Avenue, connecting a series of new and existing parks, gathering spaces, streetscapes and multi-use trail systems. The corridor will provide enhanced mobility for Lexington residents, offering additional transportation options. The design team will also improve transit accessibility and improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety by integrating a complete streets design, including separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities, enhanced pedestrian crossings and intersection safety improvements.

The Town Branch Commons Corridor design was developed by SCAPE landscape architecture for the 2013 Town Branch Commons design competition. GS&P’s design will honor the original design vision, which honors Lexington’s history by bringing water back to downtown. The Town Branch Commons Corridor project will be funded by local, state and federal funds, with parks being funded through a public-private partnership (P3). 

“Most Lexington residents don’t know that Town Branch Creek runs underneath the heart of downtown. Before it was buried, Town Branch Creek was a gathering place for the citizens of Lexington and we hope to make the corridor a gathering place once again. It’s an honor to be involved in a project that connects residents to their city’s roots.”

Jim Brannon, P.E., senior vice president, GS&P
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