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Construction could cause headaches for fans traveling to Lexington

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – We have a warning to fans traveling to Lexington to watch the Louisville Cardinals or their other favorite team play in the NCAA tournament. The main routes to Rupp Arena are under construction so officials are asking people traveling to downtown to use a route that may not be what their GPS suggests.

There's no doubt Rupp Arena will be full of a lot of red starting Thursday.

"I think it'll be a good turnout," said Tom Sanders, a UofL fan. "I think Louisville travels really well and I think Card nation will show very well."

First, though, it's the color orange that should concern any fan driving into Lexington.

Newtown Pike, the first exit from I-64/75 to Lexington coming from the west, is down to one lane in each direction for a road expansion. US 60, the route that goes from Frankfort through Versailles into Lexington, is down to only two lanes total as well due to repaving.

In the hopes of avoid a giant traffic jam, Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are asking anyone coming from the east, north or west to take I-64/75 to exit 113, or Broadway, that heads straight into Rupp Arena.

Fans coming from the south via I-75 are asked to use exit 104, Richmond Road.

"I would advise any motorist coming to Lexington for the tournament to allow plenty of time and to, of course, use judgment with traveling through the work zones," explained Natasha Lacy, KYTC District 7.

Kyle Fischer is one of the fans who will be coming from Louisville for the NCAA games. His travel plans already include leaving early.

"… about three hours before the game just to get there safe because I don't want to miss anything," said Fischer.

That's some good advice for everyone who wants to be inside Rupp rather than stuck in traffic at tip-off.

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