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Interchange plans could force church to move

Brian Schramm Brian Schramm

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Even Sunday morning before church, Manslick Road carries a lot of traffic. An interchange currently in planning stages could bring big changes to the road and a nearby congregation.

The new ramp, which would partially link the Watterson and Manslick, would improve access to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. Directly in the path of the potential ramp, however, is a 900-member church with a name that could seem prophetic: Cloverleaf Baptist Church.

Church members say they've been hearing rumors for years, but now Kentucky has budgeted $3.1 million to design the interchange. Drivers heading west on the Watterson could exit onto Manslick, and drivers on Manslick could get on the Watterson going east. Ramps on the other side of Manslick would be too close to the Dixie Highway interchange, engineers say.

Kentucky's plan sets aside almost $6 million to buy right of way, but children's pastor Brian Schramm says Cloverleaf's $1.5 million gym and life center is only four years old. "We're talking about possibly relocating part of our church if necessary. That is a huge concern," he said.

Schramm said that the church was built on faith, adding, "I'm not going to let a ramp deter what we're doing here at Cloverleaf."

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