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More traffic and faster drivers; residents in Okolona neighborhood blame road work

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Road work is driving more traffic and faster drivers into an Okolona neighborhood, according to some of its residents. 

Nicole Wilson lives along Jan Way. 

"All it's going to take is one wrong turn, or a swerve, somebody's car is going to be at my front door," Wilson said, 

She says she's noticed more cars going faster even though the speed limit is just 25 miles per hour. 

"A lot of kids, they're back and forth on this road, on bikes on skateboards, just walking," Wilson said. "It's only going to be a matter of time before somebody's kid gets just plowed over." 

Jan Way is just a block away from Blake Elementary School. 

"It's just, it's crazy through here," said Jennifer Seger, who lives on nearby Bost Lane. 

"For us trying to get out of our driveway, sometimes it takes 5 to 10 minutes just to get out of our driveway because there's so much traffic going on here." Seger told WDRB News. 

These neighbors point to a nearby project on Blue Lick Road to explain why this is happening. 

We're told crews are relocating utilities ahead of a state widening project. 

"It's just main traffic trying to get to and from the expressway and this, this is their detour and it's horrible," Wilson said. 

Councilwoman Madonna Flood represents the area. She says police have been running radar and writing tickets. 

Flood also says officials are discussing whether they can put speed humps on Bost Lane. 

"What they're trying to figure out right now is if there is a way, mitigating circumstances will allow that and if property owners will allow us to put those in front of their properties," Flood explained. 

MSD says this work will move to another part of Blue Lick Road in about two weeks but the full utilities project is set to run through May of 2016. 

"There's no definite answer for anybody back here," Wilson said. 

The residents say they hope something changes before someone gets hurt. 

"It's motorcycles, its trucks, its big work trucks, its dump trucks. I mean, they all fly through here like its like it's a speedway and it's not," Wilson said. 

The state says it plans to begin its widening project next year but officials haven't set an end date. 

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