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An extensive transformation planned for Lexington's Leestown Road interchange

Kentucky Transportation Department

Lexington area residents traveling west of downtown may want to modify their route for the foreseeable future. At least, those commuters who head to Frankfort using Leestown Road. Starting Monday evening the state roadway will be restricted to one-lane each way under New Circle Road. Transportation Department Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy said the reduction is needed to further construction of a double crossover diamond interchange. She said this will be the second such traffic flow project in Lexington.

“It has been proven to be effective with moving traffic rapidly and to reduce crashes and accidents,” said Lacy.

The other double crossover diamond interchange, at Harrodsburg Road and New Circle, has been in place for more than a decade. New Circle will be also widened to three lanes. Lacy said the lane restriction will be long-term.

 “It will be work that will be taking place at night, daytime, weekends. But, the lane closures are necessary for the work to take place,” said Lacy.

The one-lane travel will be under and around the New Circle Road Interchange. The exit ramp from eastbound New Circle to Leestown will also be one lane. When complete in 2027, the New Circle widening and double crossover diamond interchange are expected to improve travel times in a growing area of Lexington.

 

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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