Downtown Lexington lane closure goes into effect Oct. 3

Starting Monday morning, the southbound lane of South Church Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Photos by Hal Millard)

Starting Monday morning, the southbound lane of South Church Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Photos by Hal Millard)

Heads up! Motorists using downtown Lexington’s Main Street can expect some traffic delays over the next couple of weeks.

Starting Monday morning, the southbound lane of South Church Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Lexington town spokeswoman Jennifer Dowden said Friday.

The single-lane closure will extend from the side street’s intersection with Main Street (U.S. Highway 1) south one block to Maiden Lane.

“There will be flaggers to help get people through,” Dowden said, adding there would be no forced detours through town.

The street is a major side street in the heavily trafficked and narrow downtown corridor, with about 3,500 vehicles daily. Though a nighttime closure might be more convenient for motorists, Dowden said doing so would be too costly.

The amphitheater is scheduled to open Oct. 11 with a ribbon-cutting and will host its first event – the Lexington Craft Beerfest – on Oct. 15. (Photo by Hal Millard)

The amphitheater is scheduled to open Oct. 11 with a ribbon-cutting and will host its first event – the Lexington Craft Beerfest – on Oct. 15.

The closure will enable construction crews to do sidewalk work and put the finishing touches on the town’s long-awaited 900-seat outdoor amphitheater currently under construction along Church and Main streets.

The amphitheater, a key component of the town’s efforts to revitalize the downtown into a destination area, is scheduled to open Oct. 11 with a ribbon-cutting and will host its first event – the Lexington Craft Beerfest – on Oct. 15.

That will be followed by a downtown jam festival Oct. 27 at the amphitheater, featuring The Root Doctors.

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