County renames part of Hwy. 146

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By Kenny Colston

A familiar stretch of Highway 146 has been renamed the Oldham County Parkway.

With the agreement of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, the stretch of Highway 146 from the Kentucky State Reformatory to North Camden Lane in Crestwood features the new name, Oldham County Judge Executive David Voegele said.

That stretch now has two new signs noting the change, with the added slogan “share the journey.” The signs cost $2,320, according to a list of the county’s outstanding claims list.

Voegele said the reason for the renaming of the road was to bring more pride to the area, one that he said was “embarrassing” when he first took office. 

“By improving the appearance and putting a more descriptive name on the highway, it will raise the perception and encourage property owners to do what they are able to add trees and brighten their own frontage,” Voegele said.

Much of the clean up in that area over the last two years has been accomplished by using labor from the fiscal court inmate work program, a news release said.

Thus far, 46 new trees have been added to Oldham County Parkway in the area from the former Buckner Mall area to North Camden Lane. A grant from LG&E is paying for 44 additional trees that will soon be planted east of Buckner. The new trees include 22 Yoshino Cherry Trees and 22 Redbud trees.

Dogwood and Red Sunset Maple trees planted at the Buckner Mall and in Crestwood were provided by the South Oldham Lions Club, AT&T, USI Insurance, Southeast Christian Church, the City of Crestwood and Deputy Judge-Executive John Black.

Organizations or individuals wishing to donate more trees to the Oldham County Parkway corridor or other projects are asked to contact Voegele.

County wants new facility

After two separate discussions in private session, the Oldham County Fiscal Court has authorized Voegele to enter into real state negotiations on an undisclosed piece of property.

The authorization occurred at the last meeting on Oct. 15, with every magistrate voting to authorize the county to begin real estate negogiations.

Voegele said the county wanted to keep the identity of the real estate in question secret so that others don’t bid the county up on its transaction.

He promised more information as the transaction proceeding and that the county wanted to announce their intentions but didn’t want to be outbid.

But Voegele did reveal the potential use of the undisclosed property would be something “recreational” to add to the county parks.

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