Summertime brings many activities to the Lexington area, including local road construction projects.
One of the major construction areas is on New Circle Road between Leestown and Versailles Roads. The "road widening and reconstruction project," which will expand New Circle from four to six lanes, began in early December and is scheduled to be completed Sept. 30, 2016, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Among the potential perils confronting motorists are:
■ Stops at some on-ramps because of no merge lanes.
■ A speed limit of 45 mph at all times.
■ Divided lanes.
■ Lane closures.
Dealing with the construction has become second nature for people commuting to and from Versailles and Frankfort.
Versailles resident and city councilman Ken Kerkhoff says he's in favor of what the Transportation Cabinet is doing.
"As I understand the design of this, it's going to eliminate a whole lot of problems we have," said Kerkhoff, who noted that he doesn't have "any problem with congestion getting ready for the change, because I know the change is better."
Kerkhoff said that he has heard complaints from other residents who take the route regularly, the most common being that there has been construction going on in this area for years.
"People have to realize that with opportunity comes pain, that's just what you have to do," Kerkhoff said.
Other major road projects in Central Kentucky include:
■ Replacing pavement and performing "roadway rehabilitation" in Clark County on U.S. 60, which began on Jan. 19 and is planned to be finished by Nov. 1.
■ Road realignment on Alumni Drive in between Tates Creek and Nicholasville roads. Putting in two roundabouts and creating easier access to Commonwealth Stadium and other UK athletic facilities, as well as the Arboretum, is underway. Construction started the first week of May, and through traffic is expected to be closed off until Aug. 17.
Arboretum Director Molly Davis said that while the construction hasn't led to a decrease in attendance, it has caused confusion on how to reach the State Botanical Garden of Kentucky.
"I get about 50 phone calls a day with people asking (me) how to get here," Davis said.
John Houston, a regular visitor at the Arboretum, said that while accessing the entrance hasn't been problem for him since he lives within walking distance, he has heard many complaints from other residents.
"One dude, he couldn't make it at all. He didn't even know you could enter from this end (near Tates Creek Road)," said Houston, who noted that "better signage would definitely help."
Other visitors like Joyce and Mike Fears said that they reached the entrance with relative ease.
"We're from Kansas City, Missouri, and we found it," said Joyce Fears, noting that their GPS system "brought us that way, and the sign said 'Arboretum access,' and we came right in."