Small town seeing big city traffic trouble

"We moved up to Lexington last October hoping to get away from the traffic and now there's more," said Westbrook.

LEXINGTON (WACH) -- Over the past several months WACH Fox has told you about a land battle in Lexington between a family and local leaders.

The Department Of Transportation is hoping to get their hands on a small portion of real estate that will allow them to create a better traffic pattern near Lexington's newest high school.

The battle is now heading to court after county leaders condemned the property.

On Monday the high school opened and traffic is at a stand still making Neely Westbrook's commute out of Lexington quite a headache

"We moved up to Lexington last October hoping to get away from the traffic and now there's more," said Westbrook.

Tuesday Highway 378 looked more like a parking lot.

Traffic is backing up for more than two miles past the Target on Sunset Boulevard.

The new stop and go traffic is causing a major changes to Westbrookâ??s morning routine.

"It took me and hour to get where I needed to go and normally it usually only takes twenty five minutes," adds Westbrook.

State and local leaders are aware of the traffic problem the new school is bringing the already busy road.

The department of transportation designed a plan they say will solve part of the traffic trouble near the new school, but a land battle has put those plans on hold.

If we could just get the family that owns that property to work with us a little bit more then maybe we can get something done. Until they do we're pretty much at a stall," said Lexington county Councilman Johnny Jeffcoat.

Jeffcoat says The State Department of Transportation is adding additional lanes to help ease the congestion near 378 and Corley Mill Road.

Monday town leaders announced a new 4.5 million dollar traffic control system that is designed to help the flow traffic.

They say the system will be up in running by 2015 and will help ease traffic trouble all over Lexington and near the new high school.

"It'll be part of the solution, but it won't be a total part it'll be a small part of it," said Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre.

Westbrook believes these additions will shorten her drive time and she's ready to see the big city traffic leave town.

"I just hope it gets fixed soon," concludes Westbrook.