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Leestown road at New Circle reduced to one lane in each direction

Plans for the new double crossover diamond interchange superimposed over a Google Earth image.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Plans for the new double crossover diamond interchange superimposed over a Google Earth image.

Beginning June 17th at 7pm, the northbound left lane of Leestown becomes left-turn-only onto New Circle eastbound, while the southbound left lane of Leestown becomes left-turn-only onto New Circle westbound.

The left lane of the eastbound ramp off New Circle onto Leestown is also closed.

Natasha Lacy is the public information officer for District 7 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. She said the lane closures will be long-term as the New Circle Road widening project continues.

"Leestown Road itself will be widened," said Lacy, "And, then, there will be a double crossover at the interchange that will be built, and that will be like the one on Harrodsburg road, US 68."

According to the Federal Highway Administration, double crossover diamond (DCD) interchanges help reduce collisions by minimizing conflict points between drivers. A five-year study of a Missouri DCD interchange found that left-turn crashes had been totally eliminated, and total crashes were reduced by nearly half.

DCDs also reduce traffic congestion, cost less to implement than conventional interchanges, and create safer environments for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The project will also expand New Circle Road to three lanes in each direction and add paved medians and a barrier wall. New sidewalks will be constructed along Leestown.

"Flaggers will be there assisting with traffic directions until permanant barriers are in place, so that will be helpful to motorists," said Lacy.

The New Circle Widening Project is expected to be completed in 2027.