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New roundabout expected to ease congestion at 'nightmare' intersection in Fairdale

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A road project in Fairdale, Kentucky, that is more than 10 years in the making is finally taking-off. 

The new Fairdale roundabout is expected to ease traffic, spur business, and calm neighbors' concerns. 

Roughly 10,000 cars a day drive through the intersection where Fairdale Road meets Mt. Holly Road, Mitchell Hill Road and W. Manslick Road. Neighbors say it is a nightmare – awkward and congested – especially during high-traffic hours before and after work.

That’s why the state is turning this intersection into a roundabout. State and local leaders announced the project Friday morning. It took more than a decade to get the necessary $5.5 million approved.

In addition to the roundabout, the construction will change the aesthetics with new lighting and underground utility wiring. Leaders ultimately want to create a new gateway to the nearby Jefferson Memorial Forest, that will, in turn, attract businesses to the area. But some neighbors are mixed on this idea.

"I think it's going to be a lot of congestion," said James Kays, a neighbor. "And I believe that it’s going to be a lot of pain, heartache – or whatever – until it's finished. And I think the money could have been spent more wisely somewhere else."

"I've been in quite a few roundabouts, just traveling around to the small towns and stuff, so I think once everybody gets used to it, it will be a good thing," said Cathy Able, a Fairdale neighbor. "It's just a matter of time."

The contract has already been awarded. It is $2.9 million for the construction. The rest of the $5.5 million goes to buying land and space to clear the way for the roundabout.

Construction is expected to start soon, with the work completed by Aug. 2017.

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