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Lexington to start 12-year, $600M sewer project

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's a $600 million catch-up project. The city of Lexington is cleaning up sewer system problems.

They plan to fix more than 80 spots in the next decade. Friday, city leaders met, telling the public to expect some headaches and traffic jams.

Vernon Azevedo, the man in charge of this mammoth city undertaking, is asking for patience.

"There's going to be dirt. There's going to be dust. There's going to be mud. There's going to be complaints. We're going to try and address that," he says, "we're gonna be in backyards, and we're gonna be digging up backyards. We're gonna be digging up front yards. We're gonna be digging up side yards. Unfortunately for us, sewers have to follow the natural terrain."

The project's expected to cost the city $600,000,000. Division of Water's Charlie Martin says city rates aren't expect to go up, at first.

"We've been able to leverage some low-interest loans through KIA, the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, using some grants and value engineering to where we're ready to launch this project without having another rate increase."

We're told they do have funding for the first phase of the project. The projects are expected to take 12 years to complete.

The city has set up a website where you can type in your address to find out if you'll be bothered by sewer line repairs. Visit the link below to see.

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