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Outlet Shoppes creating traffic backups, headaches for residents and visitors

Paul Hollensead (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) Paul Hollensead (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Cars of shoppers in the parking lot at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) Cars of shoppers in the parking lot at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Cars heading into Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) Cars heading into Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - High traffic volumes and long delays have been driving away patience as thousands of people continue to flock to the newly opened Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.

"It's been a massive change,” said Paul Hollensead, a Simpsonville resident.

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Nowadays when Hollensead leaves home, he thinks twice about when and which way he will go.

"It's not too bad early in the mornings of course,” said Hollensead. “Afternoons, rush hour are becoming more of a challenge."

For the first time in the nine years he is lived in the area, Hollensead said traffic has, at times, become a nightmare.

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"20 minutes to a half an hour situation to get off the interstate to get here which we're just a half a mile from the interstate."

Outlet developers are well aware of the traffic delays.

"We are working very closely with state and local traffic control people to help us with our traffic," said Gina Slechta, marketing vice president of Horizon Group Properties.

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Turns out, traffic control efforts have been in place long before the outlet even opened.

"Based on the traffic volumes that were projected by the developer's traffic engineer, we added additional capacity, added some other turning lanes and an additional traffic signal out there," said Andrea Clifford with the District 5 office of the Department of Highways.

While residents like Hollensead are not pleased with the added travel time, developers ensure relief is in sight.

"It will most certainly get better as the shopping center gets older," said Slechta.

"Over time that's going to taper off some,” said Clifford. “It probably will pick up during the Christmas shopping season but they just need to allow extra time to get to their destination."

If packing your patience does not appeal to you, developers suggest traveling earlier in the day and visiting the outlet during weekdays as opposed to weekends.

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