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Road plans around Commonwealth Stadium, 1973

Posted on September 4, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
A diagram, dated Feb. 14, 1973, of new roads planned to be built around the new home of the University of Kentucky football team, Commonwealth Stadium. The stadium was under construction at the time this map ran with a story in the Herald-Leader on Feb. 18, 1973 with the headline, "Plans underway to get the 'bugs' out of UK's new stadium". Nicholasville Road runs from left to right across the bottom, intersecting with Cooper Drive in the lower left corner. The diagram says "Cooper Drive widened to 5 lanes - to be completed in '73". Just above that is University Drive, which was extended in 1973 for the opeining of the stadium. It follows a path along side the stadium to what was plans to make an extension of Rosemont Garden from the other side of Nicholasville Road to connect to Tates Creek Pike. Instead, Alumni Drive was built was running closer to the stadium. The site of the Rosemont Garen extension instead later becase the site of the UK Arboretum, the The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Click on the diagram for a closer look. Herald-Leader archives

A diagram, dated Feb. 14, 1973, of new roads planned to be built around the new home of the University of Kentucky football team, Commonwealth Stadium. The stadium was under construction at the time this map ran with a story in the Herald-Leader on Feb. 18, 1973 with the headline, “Plans underway to get the ‘bugs’ out of UK’s new stadium.” Nicholasville Road runs across the bottom, intersecting with Cooper Drive in the lower left corner. The diagram says “Cooper Drive widened to 5 lanes — to be completed in ’73.” Just above that is University Drive, which was extended in 1973 for the opening of the stadium. It follows a path alongside the stadium to what was a planned extension of Rosemont Garden from the other side of Nicholasville Road to connect to Tates Creek Pike. Instead, Alumni Drive was built closer to the stadium. The site of the Rosemont Garen extension instead became the site of The Arboretum, The State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, which opened in 1991. Click on the diagram for a closer look. Herald-Leader Archives

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