The long-awaited expansion of Lexington's Clays Mill Road has begun, but there's no timetable for when it will be completed.
The widening of the busy south Lexington traffic artery is divided into two parts: between Harrodsburg and New Circle roads, and from New Circle to Twain Ridge Drive, just beyond Man o' War Boulevard.
City government is working on one of the three sections in the New Circle-to-Twain Ridge Drive chunk of the project, which will widen Clays Mill, adding a turn lane and bike lane.
"We do have some traffic delays," said Keith Lovan, the Urban County Government project manager for the Clays Mill expansion.
Construction workers "do have to close lanes down periodically," Lovan said. "But we are keeping traffic flowing. The traffic public has either accepted the delays or found alternate routes."
The section under construction now, to be completed in November, is part of a $3.6 million project. It is a stretch of road slightly less than a mile long, extending from Higbee Mill Road to Keithshire Way.
Work on a second section, from Twain Ridge to Higbee Mill, might begin later this year, Lovan said.
The part of the project that includes Harrodsburg Road to New Circle is probably four or five years off, said Charles Schaub, a senior planner with the city.
Expansion of Clays Mill has been discussed since the 1980s. Federal and state funds are being used to pay for the work.
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