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Neighbors settle in for widening project

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – We have a traffic alert to pass along for a heavily-traveled road in Lexington.
Starting Monday, part of Leestown Rd. is closed down for a widening project.
The transformation of road to a four-to-five lane thoroughfare comes with its challenges for drivers.
The left lane in both directions from Opportunity Way to Greendale will close.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks drivers to be aware of the work zone.
For some folks who live nearby- they don't have a choice.
The work is being done right in their front yards.
Arkan Jarbooa lives nearby and isn't too bothered by the construction.
"It’s work," he said. “If it’s something like a park or store, I’m fine with that.”
Jarbooa says he likes the convenience of the area, including the construction and being able to easily get to the nearby stores like Wal-Mart.
But, for those who do find the construction and lane closures bothersome, project overseers ask for patience on the part of drivers- especially at peak drive times.
"We ask that people try to find an alternate route, especially Leestown. It's going to be very congested on Leestown," said Eric Patrick, the project superintendent.
The prospective timeline for the completion of the project is between spring and fall of 2015.
The price tag on the Leestown Rd. widening project is a little more than $30 million.


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