Hamburg Grows, So Does Traffic

Reported by: Christine Winter
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Updated: 9/10/2013 11:51 pm
As Lexington's Hamburg area grows, so does the traffic volume and it's about to get even busier with the scheduled October 18th opening of Costco, a members-only warehouse store.

Some people who live in the area are already concerned what it could be mean traffic.  Lexington planners say there shouldn't be a traffic issue.

Right now, it's filled with construction.  In six weeks, the Costco parking lot will be packed with cars, which first have to drive there.

"I'm hoping it's not going to be so congested that our children are not going to be allowed to come out in the front yard and play," said Sylvia Ayfield, a concerned neighbor.

"It has its good and its bads, one of the cons being traffic," said Shawn Johnson, another concerned neighbor.

But Lexington planners say they're ready for the increase in traffic.

"This has been anticipated and we are anticipating a lot more traffic just because there's currently none there," said Derek Paulsen, commissioner of planning, preservation and development.

Costco is being built on land that was re-zoned for business a few years back.  The city says a traffic impact study done at the time, showed traffic wouldn't be an issue at Polo Club Blvd. and Ma o' War Blvd, but Lexington has a plan.

"Once we get passed the New Year and start to get into normal traffic rates, really monitoring it when to see what changes we might need to do in the morning rush hour, in the afternoon and then on the weekends as well," said Paulsen.

There are plans to develop more of the Hamburg area in the next few years.  The city says it will adjust stop lights as needed and a lot of neighbors think it will be needed.

"If they have to come down to the stop light and wait to turn, that's going to be a lot of back up of traffic," said Ayfield.
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