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Construction starts Monday on new roundabout in Fairdale

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FAIRDALE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several streets in south Louisville are about to come together.

Construction starts Monday on the roundabout project in Fairdale, and while drivers say an improvement is needed, they're not ready for the delays.

"It's a good place to get in a wreck right there. Good place to get hurt," Dennis Milliner said.

Milliner has lived in Fairdale for nearly 20 years. For about the last three, he’s sold honey near the busy intersection.

His business, as well as other local vendors, will have to move.

Starting Monday, crews will begin construction on a $5 million roundabout connecting Mitchell Hill Road and Fairdale Road with West Manslick Road where it becomes Mount Holly Road.

“It'll probably make traffic better,” Milliner said. “But, like I said, it wiped out a good selling spot there."

A recent state traffic count shows more than 9,000 cars drive through this area every day.

"We're getting a lot more traffic, and it's bumper-to-bumper through here anymore," Kathy Johnson said.

She and other drivers say the intersection is always backed up and is unsafe.

"They've tried stop signs in the past, that didn't work. They've tried all things - stop lights that, didn't work. They currently have flashing yellow lights and that is not working," said Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch.

Welch represents District 13. She understands the roundabout might be a new concept and slow people down, but says the end result is worth the initial headache.

"It will be safer, it will cut down on the speeding,” Welch said. “And hopefully, after the first few months of usage, cut down on the accidents."

Welch says they'll add pedestrian crossings and also move a gazebo a short distance to an area that could host future events.

As for the traffic troubles, KYTC says lane closures will happen. But because of the busy area, they're not allowed between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. or between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

"It'll take a lot of getting used to, because it's been this way for the past 20-30 years here in Fairdale," Johnson said.

"It's gonna make a real mess in here until they're done, I'm sure," Milliner said.

KYTC says the project is scheduled to be finished by August of 2017.

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