Citation Boulevard

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Citation   Blvd

Citation Boulevard highlighted in red
Route information
Length4.0 mi (6.4 km)
KY 1878
Major junctions
West endAlexandria Drive
East endNewtown Springs Road

Citation Boulevard, a four-lane divided highway, currently extends from just west of US 25 (Georgetown Road) at the Norfolk Southern Railway to KY 922 (Newtown Pike) in Lexington, Kentucky. Known as Phase I, it was completed in 2001 and included a bridge over Cane Run. Phase II extends southwest from the Norfolk Southern Railway to US 421 (Leestown Road) at Alexandria Drive and includes a span over the railroad. The highway west of Newtown Pike was constructed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.[1] The road is designated as Kentucky Route 1878 by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

An extension east of KY 922 (Newtown Pike) was not originally planned. However, Newtown Springs, a new development project taking place east of KY 922 and the eastern terminus of Citation Boulevard, incorporated an extension of the route east towards KY 353 (Russell Cave Road). It is being constructed as a two-lane road with curbs and sidewalks.

Citation Boulevard was originally named Secretariat Boulevard after Secretariat, a famous race horse. The owner, however, disapproved the title, so Citation was chosen out of a draw at the Kentucky Horse Park.[1] Citation, a bay colt bred at the Calumet Farm, won the 1948 Triple Crown and raced for seven years and was also the first horse to earn $1 million.

The section from US 421 to KY 922 was designated as Kentucky Route 1878 on March 16, 2018.[2] The original KY 1878 ran from KY 1098 east of Wilstacy in Breathitt County northeast via Press Howard Fork Road; that one was removed on June 25, 1985, and given to Breathitt County.[3]

Citation Boulevard extension

Completed in September 2015, Citation Boulevard was extended from Jaggie Fox Way to Leestown Rd., connecting with a rerouted Alexandria Drive. Days after the opening of Citation Boulevard, there were multiple wrecks at the Greendale intersection. It was criticized that drivers crossing or turning left off of Citation, turning left going northbound or turning right going southbound could not see other drivers coming over the railroad overpass. In less than two days the KYTC released a statement that a traffic light would be installed at that intersection.[4]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Lexington, Fayette County.

0.00.0Alexandria Drive & US 421 (Leestown Road) – FrankfortWestern terminus
0.81.3Sandersville RoadFuture
1.42.3 KY 1978 (Greendale Road)
2.03.2Jaggie Fox WayOriginal Western Terminus
2.23.5 US 25 (Georgetown Road) – Georgetown
3.76.0 KY 922 (Newtown Pike)
4.06.4Newtown Springs RoadEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Goode, Kristin (May 2007). "Thoroughbred Thoroughfares". Smiley Pete Publishing. pp. 26–31.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Google (March 23, 2014). "Route of Citation Boulevard" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 23, 2014.

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