Project 14: Lexington Hwy. Corridor Improvements

Sidewalk Extension Sub-Project

Description:  This sidewalk extension sub-project, on Lexington Highway, is part of TSPLOST 2018 Project 14 – Lexington Hwy Corridor Improvements.

As part of this sub-project new sidewalks will be constructed, to fill-in the gaps between sidewalks, from Johnson Drive to Gaines School Road along the southern side of Lexington Highway.  Also, new sidewalks will be constructed, to fill-in the gaps between sidewalks, on the northern side of Lexington Highway between sidewalks from the existing Transit Stop at the ACCGov Diversion Center facility to existing sidewalk in front of the ACCGov Police Department.   

In total, this sub-project will add approximately 1.5 miles of new sidewalk on Lexington Highway when completed. Some segments of the sidewalk extensions will be built by private developers during separate construction projects underway in the project area.  

There are other sidewalk extensions on Lexington Highway, between Johnson Drive and Loop 10, which are scheduled for completion as part of the ongoing Georgia Department of Transportation Interchange Improvement Project.

For more detailed information, click on link below to view a PowerPoint presentation:  Sidewalk Extension Preliminary Plans

Click on the link below to view the full set of preliminary plans for the Lexington Rd sidewalk : Full Set Lexington Rd Sidewalk - Preliminary Plan

Mayor & Commission Work Session - May 10, 2022


Project Details

The Lexington Highway Corridor Improvement Project is seeking to provide infrastructure improvements to help improve traffic flow, pedestrian access, and bicycle facilities between Johnson Road (east of the Athens Loop) and Southeast Clarke Park. (Note: There is also a similar project for Atlanta Highway).

Project Updates

Mayor & Commission will consider for approval the Lexington Highway User Group Priority Project Concepts during their regularly scheduled meeting on September 7.  

Project Information

Public Engagement

February – April 18, 2021

In order to help identify the community’s greatest needs for transportation improvements in this corridor, several in-person events were held.  Use the links below to find out more about the project and obtain results from the Public Engagement process. 

Several In-Person Events and Drop-in Events were Held

  • Sat., March 13 - Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park (8:00 AM - Noon) - Pop-up booth
  • Sat., March 13 - Lowe's at 3341 Lexington Highway (9:00 AM - Noon) - Pop-up booth
  • Sat., March 20 - Cofer's Home & Garden Showplace - 1145 Mitchell Bridge Road (9:00 AM - Noon) - Pop-up booth
  • Sat., March 20 - Downtown - College Square Plaza (Noon - 2:00 PM) - Pop-up booth
  • Mon., March 22 - Athens-Ben Epps Airport - 1010 Ben Epps Drive (6:00-8:00 PM) - Drop-in open house
  • Wed., March 24 - ACC Extension Office - 275 Cleveland Road (6:00-8:00 PM) - Drop-in open house [Traductores de español disponibles]
  • Thurs., March 25 - ACC Extension Office - 275 Cleveland Road (6:00-8:00 PM) - Drop-in open house
  • Sat., March 27 - Athens-Ben Epps Airport - 1010 Ben Epps Drive (10:00 AM - Noon) - Drop-in open house [Traductores de español disponibles]

Immediate Impact Project

Traffic engineering completed installation of 19 airport way finding signs to better direct customers of Athens Ben Epps Airport providing drivers the most direct routes to the airport entrance.

 The Airport and Traffic Engineering collaborated to develop appropriate locations to best serve the Athens Ben Epps Airport and surrounding community. The wayfinding signage not only serves to help customers find the airport in the most direct route, it helps reduce confused or lost drivers on the surrounding roadway systems.

Estimated Cost:  
TSPLOST 2018 Budget
$4,000,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$1,000