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Discussion of Allen Lane widening project, overpass planned Tuesday

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By Tracy Harris

An upcoming meeting will give Oldham County residents an opportunity to ask questions about road construction and a new overpass crossing I-71 Tuesday.

Changes to Allen Lane in La Grange include widening the road and building a new overpass to link the Oldham Reserve Development to Commerce Parkway.

Allen Lane currently runs from Ky. 146 at Covenant United Methodist Church to Commerce Parkway.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to widen Allen Lane and add the overpass with construction beginning next year.

State officials are obtaining final easements for the overpass, set to open in 2015. 

Local officials hope the overpass will eventually be the foundation for an exit off I-71 near mile marker 20.

The overpass will connect to New Moody Lane and provide access to Oldham Reserve — if city and county officials construct other roads inside the business park.

At a county finance committee meeting Friday, Don Basham, chair of the Oldham-La Grange Development Authority, encouraged the county to make that investment.

Currently, Eden Parkway provides access from New Moody Lane past The Rawlings Group building. However, it ends shortly past that building and dead-ends in a field.

Long-term plans for the development are for three main roadways through Oldham Reserve. Eden Parkway, running north-south, Peak Road, running east-west through the park’s center, and Ring Road. Ring Road will split off New Moody Lane just past Forrest Park Drive and encircle the southern area of Oldham Reserve, ending at Ky. 53 and Blakemore Lane.

Of course, none of those roads exist yet, except a short part of Eden Parkway.

Basham is encouraging county officials to invest in more infrastructure, which he feels will help sell the property.

Deana Epperly Karem, executive director of Oldham Chamber and Economic Development, agrees.

Karem said companies want to buy the land and start building right away — they don’t want to wait for a road to be
constructed. 

Magistrate Kevin Eldridge said without investing in infrastructure, the state’s Allen Lane and overpass projects will be pointless.

“It’ll be a road to nowhere,” he said.

While roads inside Oldham Reserve will be decided by local officials, the KYTC is holding a public meeting for the Allen Lane and overpass portion.

The informal meeting will include a project overview and time for comments and questions.

The meeting is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Oldham County Fiscal Court Building.