Downtown Improvements

In an effort to improve the flow of traffic through the downtown Lexington roadway corridors, the Town of Lexington will convert SC 6 (North/South Lake Drive) and North/South Church Street (S-32-91) into one-way street operation and upgrade the intersection of East Main Street at Harmonday Street and Martel Drive. An evaluation of existing traffic patterns and existing roadway configurations in the area, reveals that these proposed changes and upgrades would greatly enhance the mobility in the downtown area while preserving the existing streetscape and pedestrian friendly area of the 100 block of Main Street. The project will include: intersection alterations at South Lake and Maiden Lane, Church Street and Maiden Lane, and North Lake at Church Street and remarking and signing of the entire one-way pair roadway network.

Primary Focus

The primary focus of the project is to improve traffic flow through the downtown Lexington area. Currently the average daily traffic on Main Street (US 1) is approximately 17,000 vehicles per day and on South Lake Drive (SC 6) is 12,500 vehicles per day and along Church Street is 3,500 vehicles per day. By pairing the South Lake and Church Street corridors, the capacity of this direction is doubled. The additional capacity allows significant increase in the amount of green signal time that is allotted to the Main Street direction. Furthermore, the left turn signal phase would be eliminated from South Lake Drive onto Main further increasing the green time available. Finally, the left turn prohibitions in the downtown area would be eliminated.

Improving the movements near Harmonday Street will enhance the mobility in and out of downtown area as well as address safety issues associated with the unsignalized access points at this location. To facilitate this improvement, access to the Old Mill would be relocated as part of the upgrade. This intersection currently handles in excess of 22,000 vehicles per day and will likely increase due to growth and other area improvements.

Additional Improvement

Furthermore, this project includes developing a 250 space, environmental friendly parking area located along Church Street. This area will serve the Icehouse Amphitheater as well as provide overflow parking for other downtown events, retail and restaurants.
Map of the One-Way Pair