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Road linking U.S. 60 and Outlet Shoppes near Simpsonville to be widened

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Road work will soon begin near the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass converting two lanes to five so the area can better handle more traffic. 

State officials plan to widen a stretch of Kentucky 1848, also known as Buck Creek Road, from I-64 to U.S. 60 in Simpsonville. The plan is to build a new travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. 

"We moved here because we enjoyed the atmosphere," said Brooke Ernst, who lives in the Rolling Ridge neighborhood just off Buck Creek Road. She says traffic around the outlet mall hasn't been a big problem in the past couple months. 

"With the exception of that first weekend, nothing really has changed," she said. 

Ernst also believes more construction isn't necessary. "We live right here on the corner and we have to go left all the time, and the most I wait is 30 seconds," she said about turning onto Buck Creek Road. 

But officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say crews will begin working next week. The project is expected to reduce congestion in the area. 

"You're going to have an additional travel lane in each direction, and you'll have a center turn lane.," Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesperson Andrea Clifford said. "So people who are turning left will get over in that turn lane and they're not backing up people behind them that are waiting."

Clifford says even though construction is scheduled to begin next week, drivers will not be slowed down for months. 

"Shoppers are not going to be affected this holiday season because beginning portion of this project is to build a new bridge over to the Norfolk Southern Railroad and that work will take place off of the existing roadway. they'll actually be working throughout the winter on that," Clifford said. 

Clifford says it will likely be the spring of 2015 when drivers start seeing lane closures. 

"I think it's going to be hard on the residents that live here in Rolling Ridge," Ernst said about the upcoming construction. "And it's probably going to cause more chaos than helping us." 

All of the work is scheduled to be finished in June of 2016, according to highway officials. The project costs just under $8 million. 

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