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Traffic on 2 major Lexington roads is about to get worse. Find out where and why.

A road grader works on New Circle Rd. between Old Frankfort Pike and Leestown Rd. in Lexington in 2016. A new widening project will begin Monday night on another part of New Circle Road.
A road grader works on New Circle Rd. between Old Frankfort Pike and Leestown Rd. in Lexington in 2016. A new widening project will begin Monday night on another part of New Circle Road. Lexington Herald-Leader file photo

Repaving and widening of two major roadways in Lexington could cause some traffic headaches, city and state officials say.

The widening of New Circle Road will continue as it nears Newtown Pike. The right lane will be closed at the outer loop near Lexmark between milepoints 9.564 and 10.015.

The work will be completed by Tuesday morning, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said. However, starting Tuesday night at 7 p.m. work will begin on a new Newtown Pike and New Circle Road interchange. That means lane reductions and traffic shifts will be in effect between Kennedy Road and Nandino Boulevard on Newtown Pike.

Northbound traffic on Newtown Pike will be reduced to one lane, shifted to the southbound or inbound side of Newtown Pike over the New Circle Road. Southbond traffic will be reduced to one lane, shifted to the northbound side of the Newtown Pike and New Circle Road bridge.

Kentucky transportation officials caution the lane closures could cause considerable traffic back ups during rush hour. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternative routes such as Georgetown Road to Citation Boulevard and then to Newtown Pike.

Repaving will begin on Man O' War starting Tuesday night on a section between Nicholasville Road and Grassy Creek and then move to the section between Richmond Road and Beaver Creek. Both inner and outer loops of both sections will be milled and then repaved.

There is good news. The repaving and milling work on Man O' War will be done at night between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., Lexington city officials said.

The city of Lexington controls Man O' War. New Circle Road is a state road.

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