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Councilman Johnson continues District 21’s effort to replenish tree canopy along South Second Street

Tuesday March 26, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – For a second year, Councilman Dan Johnson continues his effort to replace the tree canopy in District 21 with the planting of 52 trees in various areas over the next several weeks.

A majority of the trees will be planted in the 4700 block of South Second Street. Trees will also be planted near a key intersection that was reconstructed to make Second Street/ Kenwood Way and Southside Drive Safer.

“We are making a special effort to replace trees that have been damaged or were dying throughout the district,” says Councilman Dan Johnson. “The tree planting is the final phase of an infrastructure project to enhance traffic and safety in the area.”

The intersection of Second Street, Kenwood Way and Southside Drive was recently completed with reconstruction work for five streets that came together. The $105,000 project dead ended one street and allowed for resurfacing and reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks for better traffic flow. Trees were lost in the area.

The district has also completed a $60,000 project that refurbished 12 TARC stops. Three of the ornamental trees will be placed next to the bus stop on West Woodlawn. Three additional trees will go to Southland Blvd to fill in areas that were not included in the planting Johnson had done in 2012.

Here is the breakdown of the 52 trees to be planted this spring:

8 American Hornbeam

6 Burr Oak

8 Legacy Maple

8 Bosque Elm

5 Red Oak

6 Fall Fiesta Maple

3 Ivory Silk Lilac

3 Caroline Silver Bells

1 Paper Bark Maple

2 Red Buds

1 White Dogwood

1 Sweet Gum

The total cost for the tree was $10,938 which came from Johnson’s Capital Infrastructure Funds.

“Replacing the tree canopy in District 21 and throughout Metro Louisville is important as we try to sustain the environment and make our neighborhoods a nice place to live and work,” says Johnson.

For more information about the tree planting program, contact Councilman Johnson’s office at 574-1121.

Dan Johnson (D) 21