City Invests in Urban Tree Canopy

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In cooperation with the New Albany Tree Board and New Albany City Council, Mayor Gahan moves to improve our local tree canopy and advance a long-term comprehensive plan to protect and manage trees in New Albany.

“Trees in the public area are being threatened by disease and age,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “We will take steps to improve our environment and our health in one coordinated effort in New Albany.”

In early 2017, the City of New Albany received $20,000 through the Community and Urban Forestry Assistance Grant, one of ten municipalities that received the grant throughout the entire northeast region of the Department of Natural Resources. Through this grant, the city was able to complete an inventory of all city-owned trees in the public rights-of-way and city parks. The inventory was then utilized to draft a management plan that provides details on how to improve and maintain the urban tree canopy.

There are currently 7,777 sites that were added to the inventory, including 5,244 current trees, 197 stumps, and 2,336 vacant planting sites. The inventory showed that most of our trees are in decent condition. This is in part thanks to a multi-departmental effort by the city, including hundreds of tree plantings for sidewalk and roadway projects through the Redevelopment Commission, maintenance of current trees by the Street Department, and new proposed legislation that includes Tree Preservation standards like in the new proposed Zoning Ordinance that will be coming to the council soon.

The Urban Tree Canopy was also a focus of the recent Comprehensive Plan, approved in early 2017. The plan called for improvements to the condition of the public urban forest and also laid out steps to reduce the negative impacts of development on the urban forest resource. The plan states that “a healthy urban tree forest not only provides health benefits to city residents, but also provides a habitat for wildlife and beautifies the community. A healthy urban forest also improved local air quality, which is a concern for most communities in the Ohio River Valley region.”

In late October, the city will be utilizing the remainder of the Community and Urban Forestry Assistance grant to plant 50-60 new trees coinciding with the tree management plan.

Tree Board staff member and Chief City Planner Krisjans Streips will speak at tonight’s City Council meeting, providing an update to council members about the current status of our tree canopy and the need to complete the remainder of the Tree Management Plan.

Rails to Trails Program

Mayor Gahan will ask the New Albany City Council to appoint a small committee to begin discussions about the new opportunity for a Rails to Trails route from New Albany northward.

The route is 63 miles long and would traverse along the recently abandoned CSX route through some of Southern Indiana’s most scenic and natural landscapes.

Mayor Gahan is very excited about Governor Holcomb’s initiative to dedicate $90 million towards trail funding throughout the state of Indiana as announced on September 6th.

“Please check out this link and view the video for more information,” stated Mayor Gahan. “The video runs over 3 minutes, but it will help explain this once in a lifetime opportunity for New Albany and our neighbors. I look forward to working with Floyd County and other local officials as we move forward with this exciting project.”

Harvest Homecoming Fiesta Rides - $5 Discount Coupon Available NOW!

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For the past several years, the City of New Albany has provided discount coupons for the Harvest Homecoming All-Day Fiesta Ride Bracelets. Bracelets are normally $15, but you can receive $5 off the price by picking up a coupon from either the Griffin Recreation Center from 10am – 4pm (1140 Griffin Street) or Silver Street Park from 8:15am – 4:15pm (2043 Silver Street).

Coupons are available Monday-Friday. Coupons are limited to two (2) per person while supplies last. Coupons are valid from October 6th through October 10th, 2018.

Upcoming Road Repairs, Patching, and Paving Schedule

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The City of New Albany is working hard to repair and resurface roads throughout the city. Milling and paving operations are scheduled for the following areas in upcoming weeks. Please be aware of workers in these areas as we work to complete these important infrastructure projects. These schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Oxford Drive
9/24: Road Patching and Milling
9/25: Paving

Graybrook Lane (from Bono to Daisy)
10/1: Milling
10/2-10/3: Patching and Repairs
10/4: Paving

Hausfeldt Lane (from Grantline Road to the railroad near IUS ball fields)
10/4: Milling
10/5: Patching and repairs
10/8: Paving

Hedden Park
10/4: Milling
10/9: Patching and Repairs, along with Paving

University Woods Drive
10/8: Milling
10/10: Patching and Repairs
10/11: Paving

Vincennes Street
10/8: Milling
10/12: Patching and Repairs, along with Paving

State Street (intersection work)
10/12: Milling (nighttime work)
10/15 – 10/16: Patching
10/17 – 10/18: Paving

Green Valley Road
11/6 – 11/9: Patching

INDOT: I-64 Closures on Sherman Minton Bridge This Weekend

The City of New Albany received a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation regarding closures on the Sherman Minton Bridge this weekend (starting 9/14/18). The full press release is below.

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INDOT: I-64 Closures on Sherman Minton Bridge This Weekend

Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for pavement repairs on the Sherman Minton bridge has revised its scheduled operation for this weekend’s lane closures. Instead of restricting a single lane of Interstate 64 in each direction, E & B Paving requires closing two eastbound I-64 lanes to accommodate pavement patching on the lower bridge deck.

The Clarksville-based contractor will mill and jackhammer identified problem pavement locations on the Sherman Minton bridge’s eastbound right and center lanes, then pour concrete patches.

This weekend’s eastbound I-64 double lane closure will now begin at 9 p.m. Friday (SEPT 14). Motorists have continuous bridge access from New Albany to Louisville via the remaining open lane – which will be restricted to eleven feet in width. All I-64 lanes will be open to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday (SEPT 17). No upper deck/westbound I-64 lanes will be impacted.

INDOT anticipates single-lane closures in each direction on the 2,053-foot-long Sherman Minton bridge during subsequent weekend hours between 7 p.m. Fridays through 6 a.m. Mondays.

Motorists should anticipate significant traffic queues. Traffic count at the bridge exceeds 90,000 vehicles per day.

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprorgram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone. For highway information, monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast. Subscribe to receive text and email alerts at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new

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