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The new Veechdale Road in Simpsonville – sort of the third incarnation of that old farming road – will be opened on Sunday, weather permitting, but not before residents have to deal with a closure, starting Thursday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will close about a half-mile of KY 1399 from 9 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Sunday to complete its rerouting about a half-mile south around and through the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, which is being constructed there by Horizon Group Properties.
Veechdale Road will be closed from its intersection with Buck Creek Road (KY 1848), just south of Interstate 64, and west to the railroad track. It will reopen in its new location.
Transportation officials advised affected motorists to detour by traveling south on KY 1399, turning left onto Taylorwood Road and then accessing KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road).
The 374,000-square-foot outlet mall, scheduled to open in late summer of 2014, is under construction, and the state is widening KY 1848 between the new Veechdale Road intersection north across I-64 and, eventually, about another mile to U.S. 60.
Simpsonville officials had said at the city commission meeting on Sept. 3 that Horizon would turn over the road to the state for final inspection and preparations before it would be opened.
Veechdale Road originally intersected with U.S. 60 in Simpsonville but was closed at the community of Veechdale when I-64 was opened in the early 1960s. The road was rerouted to what is now Buck Creek Road and then reconnected just south of I-64.
The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information.