Protesters rally against I-75 Connector, others look for progress

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The I-75 Connector from Madison County to Nicholasville isn't even built, yet it's quickly becoming a controversial project.

"We're here today to stand for our community," stated Jacob Isenhour, who opposes the project.

Thursday night, Isenhour and others met at the Lyric Theatre, in Lexington, in a form of protest that featured local authors, artists, and musicians raising their voices.

"We are more about what we're for than what we're against," explained Liz Hobson, who also is against the proposed road.

So what's the big deal?

"We have questions about the environmental degradation and going through and bulldozing through family farms," Hobson answered.

"And they keep telling us that it's going to help people's commute to the interstate," added Isenhour.

That's a key point. While the proposed route will cut through some of Kentucky's nature, the road would also provide a shorter trip to Nicholasville from the interstate.

Just how short? WKYT Photojournalist Brandon Whitworth set up a camera and took the trip during rush hour on Thursday. He started in northern Madison County got on I-75 to Man o' War Boulevard, and traveled that road in stop-and-go traffic to Nicholasville Road. By the time he hit Main Street in Nicholasville, the trip totaled roughly 50 minutes.

"You have to pretty much go through Lexington to get over to 75, you have to go north to go south," stated David Vickers.

Which goes to say that not everyone is against the connecting road. Some people in Jessamine County see this as a big benefit.

"It would be a great thing for this area and I think it needs to happen," said David Cornette, who wants to see it happen in the next ten to 15 years.

Still those opposed aren't so sure of the benefits.

"As far as relieving traffic I don't really see that as being the issue," responded Isenhour.

"If somebody really wants the connector it's not worth arguing about. I think that we have points, and they have points. What we would like is a dialogue. Is there any way to solve them creatively?" reasoned Hobson.

That's what the future hold, a split view on what should be done as some raise concerns and others look for progress.

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