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Old 04-13-2008, 04:47 PM
 
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Ok can anyone tell me about this road/freeway? It sounds like a nightmare, is it the design, can you get everywhere without using MOW. Just curious
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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You hardly ever have to use Man O' War unless you live in one of the neighborhoods located outside it. Lexington is laid out like a wheel and most of what you will probably use are the "spokes" of the wheel.

Man O' War is not the most efficient or beautiful thing to drive on, but it isn't terrible or nightmarish. It's just sort of OK. I don't use it much myself.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Man-O-War is not a freeway unfortunately and it's four lanes its entire length (except for a small bit in and around Hamburg). It was built in the 1970's (?) so there are NO shoulders and the speed limit is 45 the entire way around with arguably 50 stoplights. I don't know where I heard this, but I did hear that MOW has more traffic accidents than any road in the city. Traffic gets really congested during rush hour, especially around the Todd's Road intersection and also around the Nicholasville Road intersection. Compared to larger cities, MOW is not a terribly horrendous drive, but by LEX standards the traffic is pretty bad. I wish it was a freeway because Lexington desperately needs to upgrade its freeway system. To tell you the truth, I can get anyplace I need to in town without using it. That's because I live in towards downtown on Richmond Road and I use lots of back roads (Cooper Drive, Chinoe Road, Montavesta Road, Lansdowne and Zandale Roads, etc.) MOW is just out of the way for me. Personally I think it's a terrible design that is in desperate need of widening and even "partial limited access" (build bridges over the major roads?)
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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It was built in the 1970's
It was built in the mid-to-late 80's. You are thinking of New Circle Road being built in the 70's.

I agree with you that it would do better as a limited-access highway. I have never understood what they were THINKING, putting curbs instead of shoulders. I guess they didn't have enough money to do it right???
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:47 PM
 
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Probably so, but I tend to avoid it when I can. They probably did run out of funding and that's why there are curbs instead of shoulders. It sure makes driving on it a bit more hazardous.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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At least I can now picture it somewhat. Thank you on the explination. I don't have a problem driving streets. I also have noticed you don't have neighborhoods like ours which is a good thing. Many of the newer subdivisions have so many short streets and cul de sac's that to get too someones house it's like a maze.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Those short streets and cul-de-sacs occur more outside Man O' War than inside it. There is this one subdivision called Copperfield, and almost every one of its winding streets, courts, and cul-de-sacs is named "Copper" something. I swear I do NOT envy their mailperson!
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:09 AM
 
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Man O War has 943,104 red lights. Almost anyway.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:11 AM
 
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Probably so, but I tend to avoid it when I can. They probably did run out of funding and that's why there are curbs instead of shoulders. It sure makes driving on it a bit more hazardous.
It's a Boulevard though, typically they don't have shoulders.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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If you're really interested in MOW, here is a very in depth study with pictures and drawings I think you'll like:
http://www.lexareampo.org/news_announcements/Man%20o'%20War%20Blvd.%20Traffic%20Study%20-%20Final%20Report.pdf (broken link)
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