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Bernheim Forest and Louisville Water Improve Hike Bike Trail

Thursday September 20, 2012

A beautiful fall day was the backdrop as Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and Louisville Water celebrated the completion of Bernheim’s Hike Bike Trail improvements.

The improvements came about when Louisville Water needed to extend a 16-inch water main along Highway 245 in Bullitt County. Louisville Water needed access to Bernheim’s property and Bernheim needed an upgrade to the Hike Bike Trail. Through collaboration, the companies created a unique partnership. Bernheim provided access for Louisville Water to extend the water main and Louisville Water assisted with the improvements along the trail. Both organizations saved thousands of dollars and the public now has an improved and extended trail.

“Very quickly in this project, Bernheim became a great partner,” said Jim Brammell, Louisville Water Vice President and Chief Engineer. “Executive Director Mark Wourms quickly helped identify a solution that would get both organizations the results we needed. It’s a perfect example of a win-win situation.”

The trail, which begins just off Highway 245 next to the Jim Beam Plant, was extended by 0.3 mile; the trail is now 8 miles round-trip. The upgrades include new bridges, gravel and asphalt.

“Without Louisville Water, the improvements and the extension would have taken years to accomplish,” said Mark Wourms. He also noted that Bernheim hopes to eventually extend the trail to Bardstown.

The water main extension will help provide water to a growing part of Louisville Water’s service area and will also provide an additional supply to a wholesale customer, North Nelson Water District.

As part of the collaboration, Bernheim and Louisville Water are also working together on education programming and outreach. In fact, Bernheim only serves Louisville pure tap® in the park – no bottled water.