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Major Construction Planned For New Circle Road

LEXINGTON, Ky. - With state and federal funding secured, a series of four major construction projects is set to begin next year on New Circle Road.

The first project will break ground in the fall of 2013. Rob Sprague, a design section supervisor with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, says the work will tie into an earlier New Circle widening project at Georgetown Road.

“Extend that widening to the Versailles Road interchange and we also have a project there at Versailles Road to do some improvements to that interchange.”

The Transportation Cabinet also plans to reconstruct the New Circle Road interchange with Old Frankfort Pike and make the Leestown Road interchange into a double-crossover diamond, similar to the one at New Circle and Harrodsburg Road. 

Steve Cummins of Lexington’s Traffic Management Center says the improvements are overdue.

“The west end of town carries a tremendous volume of traffic all the way from Interstate 75 all the way to the Blue Grass Parkway off Versailles Road. And so with that, every AM and PM we see a tremendous impact on congestion levels.”

A public meeting is scheduled for this week to discuss the $80 million projects. Officials from the Transportation Cabinet will be available from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Leestown Middle School.

Lexington native Brenna Angel anchored local morning newscasts for WUKY through May 13. She joined the station in March 2010 after previously working for WHAS-AM in Louisville.