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Location of new VA medical center concerns neighbors

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The federal government bought the land off of the Watterson Expressway and Brownsboro Road where the new medical center will go. The federal government bought the land off of the Watterson Expressway and Brownsboro Road where the new medical center will go.
Metro Councilman Ken Fleming Metro Councilman Ken Fleming

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Everything is a go for the new Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville.

On July 10, the federal government bought the land off of the Watterson Expressway and Brownsboro Road where the new medical center will go.

It looks to be a done deal, but many of the people who live near the new facility said while they are glad veterans are getting a new medical center, they remain concerned about the impact on the traffic and how tough it is to get in and out of their neighborhoods.

By the end of 2013, we should know what options the state is considering to ease those concerns.

"It's going to be a chunk of change no matter how you shake it or bake it but at the end of the day, you've got to relieve something because if you're going on it now on a grading system from A to F, it'd be a Z if you don't do anything," said Metro Councilman Ken Fleming, (R) District 7, who represents the area.

Fleming has been in on the meetings with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials, presenting traffic flow changes to accommodate both population growth and extra cars from the new hospital to be built on the now-empty field.

"Each one has its pros and cons," Fleming said.

Each will also be expensive. "It's anywhere from 10-15 million dollars or thereabouts," Fleming said.

A transportation cabinet spokesperson said they are hoping to narrow down the options to two, then let people who live in the area know what they are.

As for the hospital itself, it's in the initial design phase. A Louisville Veterans Affairs official said surveys of the property are ongoing as are meetings with architects.

Right now, it looks like it will be about six years before the new medical center will open.

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