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Downtown Nicholasville road work near complete

As road work scheduled to last six months drags past the one year mark, officials say they're nearly done. A Main Street shop owner, though, says he's not so sure.

"It's been tough. I don't know how we've kept the doors open," says Danny Barnes.

Barnes runs the Alternative Jewelry Shop on Main Street in Nicholasville. He says the number of shoppers in his store has plummeted since construction began in September of 2010.

"Our customer base is down. People have been avoiding downtown like the plague because no one wants to be stuck in all the traffic. You know, that hurts. If people can't get to you, how are you going to make money?" he says.

Gary Goldey, the Nicholasville Public Works Superintendent, says complications with old utilities in the ground caused major delays.

"As with any older downtown, you start digging stuff up and you find things that are no longer connected. In years past, when things would be abandoned they wouldn't take old lines and stuff out, they just abandoned them in the ground," says Goldey.

He says the light at the end of the tunnel is almost here.

"As soon as we get the blacktop on, which is hopefully by the end of this week, you're going to start seeing barrels disappearing," says Goldey.

But Danny Barnes says he's skeptical of that timeline.

"We've heard throughout the project that it'll be done in three weeks and it'll be done in a month. I don't think it'll be done this calendar year," he says.

Officials say when the project is completed, it will have cost just over 2 million dollars, that's about 400,000 over budget.

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