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Man o’ War, I-75 interchange construction, 1988

Posted on August 22, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Construction of the Man o' War Boulevard interchange with Interstate 75, June 17, 1988. I-75 runs towards the top right of the picture while what would be come Man o' War Boulevard comes into the frame from the upper left corner. Man o' War replaced Bryant Road, which shown here going over the interstate, was torn down in October 1988. Today a portion of Bryant Road exist to the west of I-75. Six months later, this last part of the Man o' War project was completed with little fanfare. Man o' War had been listed on city plans since the 1930s, but for many years, it was to be called Tiverton Way. The Urban County Council decided in 1974 that it would be named Man o' War Boulevard, after the famous race horse who never raced in Kentucky but retired to stud here. The road was completed and widened in segments over the years. The first section of road -- between Richmond Road and Palumbo Drive -- was opened in 1975. A second section opened four years later, a third four years after that. Man o' War was built by the state. It was planned, designed and will be maintained by Lexington. The state paid $37.6 million of the cost. The city paid $11 million. Along with the new I-75 interchange was a new sign on the interstate that said "Man o' War," but the sign didn't indicate that the road went to Lexington. Man o' War as since been been further extended to the east, ending at Winchester Road.  Photo by Charles Bertram | staff

Construction of the Man o’ War Boulevard interchange at Interstate 75 on June 17, 1988. What would be come Man o’ War Boulevard comes into the frame from upper left. Man o’ War replaced Bryant Road, which, shown here going over the interstate, was torn down in October 1988. Today a portion of Bryant Road exists west of I-75. Six months later, the last section of the Man o’ War project was completed with little fanfare. Man o’ War had been listed on city plans since the 1930s, but for many years, it was to be called Tiverton Way. The Urban County Council decided in 1974 that it would be named Man o’ War Boulevard, after the famous race horse who never raced in Kentucky but retired to stud here. The road was completed and widened in segments over the years. The first section of road — between Richmond Road and Palumbo Drive — was opened in 1975. A second section opened four years later, and a third opened four years after that. Man o’ War was built by the state. It was planned, designed and will be maintained by Lexington. The state paid $37.6 million of the cost. The city paid $11 million. Along with the new I-75 interchange was a new sign on the interstate that said “Man o’ War,” but the sign didn’t indicate that the road went to Lexington. Man o’ War as since been been further extended to the east, ending at Winchester Road. Click here to see the same area, a year and a half before this picture. And click here to see another photo of Man o’ War construction, this time along Harrodsburg Road. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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