Roundabout coming to busy Fairdale intersection - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Roundabout coming to busy Fairdale intersection

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FAIRDALE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The traffic flow in south Louisville is about to get better or worse - depending on who you ask.

That's why there's a big change coming to Fairdale. It will happen at one of the busiest intersections in the south end. According to a recent state count, the area sees nearly 9,500 cars per day.

"When school is going and let's out, it backs up majorly with the buses and the cars coming in and out," said Stephanie Lanham, who is a Fairdale Business Owner.

Lanham owns The Floral Grind on West Manslick Road and knows change is needed and coming, however, she's still just a little worried.

"Change is going to be scary for everyone around here because it has been the same for so long," Lanham said.

The change is a roundabout at the intersections where Fairdale, Mount Holly, Mitchell Hill and Manslick Roads meet.

"Well, in the beginning it is going to be because they're not used to it, people are not used to it but they're all over the place," said 13th District Councilwoman Vicki Welch.

Welch said she understands fear of the unknown, but says the roundabout will improve the traffic flow by creating a circle that keeps cars moving.

"The roads of course are still going to be dog legged but the people have to go around and then get off wherever they're going to get off," explained Welch.

It is a $5.5 million project that will take 12 months to build. Welch said it has been in the works for years.

"Ten long years, before I even came," said Welch.

Right now, there is a flashing light at the intersection but Welch told us there are still lots of accidents and other traffic issues that the roundabout should fix.

"When the people get used to it, then it will happen," Welch said. "The good thing is it will slow down the traffic. It is way too fast coming through there."

"I am open minded to it," said Stephanie Lanham.

Lanham is on board, but she thinks the roundabout might take some getting used to.

"I think at first it will be confusing and maybe, you know, people won't really know how the traffic is suppose to flow," Lanham said.

The state is expected to choose a contractor next week and break ground in December.

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