Alumni Drive Construction

The Alumni Drive construction is in full swing. The street is closed between Nicholasville Road and Tates Creek Road through project completion. According to an email sent out to the UK community from Eric N. Monday, Executive VP, Finance & Administration, construction will be complete by the end of August. Stay tuned for more pictures of construction progress. Continue reading “Alumni Drive Construction”

Sav’s Mural

Photo 4/14/2011

From the Heral Leader

This year, the class painted three temporary murals along North and South Limestone, hoping to unite two very different ends of town with the city’s center.

The murals, designed to last 18 months or less, are painted on the front of Sav’s Grill & West African Cuisine, 304 South Limestone; at the back of the middle school building at Sayre School, 194 North Limestone; and on a building at 800 North Limestone at Loudon Avenue (Link)

Harrodsburg Road New Circle Intersection

From the Herald Leader

This summer, motorists on Harrodsburg Road will get what the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes is a long-term fix to congestion at the New Circle Road interchange.

But the new look might take a little getting used to — it will have drivers crossing over and driving on the left side of the road.

The design, called a double crossover diamond interchange, eliminates left turns that require drivers to cross in front of oncoming traffic, instead giving drivers access to New Circle Road on-ramps from the left lane.

Planners say the design will reduce delays and increase the capacity of the area along Harrodsburg Road between Pasadena Drive and Corporate Drive, which is traveled by more than 35,000 vehicles each day. (Link)

LHL – Rupp Arena Comparisons

In the Herald Leader Jerry Tipton Compares Rupp Arena to the facilities at similarly perceived basketball programs.

Let’s compare Rupp Arena to home courts for North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Kansas and UCLA. Of the six programs most strongly identified with college basketball success, only North Carolina’s Smith Center was built after Rupp Arena. UNC opened the Smith Center in 1986. Rupp opened 10 years earlier.

Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium opened in 1940, Indiana’s Assembly Hall in 1971, Kansas’s Allen Fieldhouse in 1955 and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in 1965.

All have undergone renovations in recent years that included new scoreboards, video boards, upgraded locker rooms and modernized concourses. None have luxury boxes, so Kentucky has not fallen behind in that revenue-generating idea.

Seating capacity means a lot to UK fans who want the “big” emphasized in Big Blue. Again, Rupp Arena compares favorably. Only North Carolina’s Smith Center (21,750) comes close to Rupp Arena’s listed capacity of 23,000. (Link)