LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - The Department of Highways estimates 40,000 cars travel along U.S. 60 between New Circle Road and the Bluegrass Parkway every day. On Monday that number probably won't change, but the number of lanes they have to travel on will.
"We just want to ask the public to be patient," said department spokesperson Natasha Lacy.
That patience will be a virtue throughout the year, including in April when Keeneland has it's first meet and thousands of extra cars will be on that stretch of road.
"I think it's going to be a madhouse," said Tara Wilson who works at the Dairy Queen near the Woodford/Fayette county line.
Other people working along the road say they expect plenty of congestion as crews dig up the pavement and replace it. The project stretches 6.4 miles. The four-lane section of the road will be reduced to two. The six-lane section will go down to four. Officials say the work is needed to remove potholes and other cracks in the road.
"It's rough, especially if you drive a low profile car like i do, you feel every bump in the road," said William Coleman who manages the Clark's Pump-n-Shop on U.S. 60.
Those bumps will eventually be history, but it's going to take some time. The project could last through December.
"It's definitely going to be good in the end. It's going to affect everybody for a little while," Coleman said.
This work is scheduled to be completed by December 1 but officials say if crews get good weather and there aren't any delays the project could be finished as early as October.
A second project on U.S 60 is scheduled to begin in March. That work will stretch from U.S. 62 in Woodford County to the Franklin County line.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking Kentuckians to complete a survey on the state's transportation system. That survey can be accessed at yourturn.transportation.ky.gov