Lexington celebrates opening of South Limestone with block party

Lexington residents came out to celebrate the completion of 12 months of construction on South Limestone, only to close it down again on June 19.

Young and old alike braved high temperatures and humidity to attend the block party, which included bike polo, cornhole and chalk drawing among the food and drink specials offered by Limestone businesses.

The South Limestone reconstruction project, which started last summer, was put in place to make the street more pedestrian-friendly with wider sidewalks and bike lanes, bury utilities, add new storm sewers and beautify the area.

“I’m so pumped it’s back open — it’s been such a hassle and now I have easy access back to my house. Plus, a lot of businesses have been suffering,” said Jared Baize, 27, a six-year Lexington resident. “The bike lane is great, but I don’t think (the project) should have taken a year.”