Dozens of dead trees coming down this week along Frankfort Avenue
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers on Frankfort Avenue should expect delays this week as crews cut down and clear dead trees.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be clearing dozens of dead trees from the side of the roadway until Friday. Drivers should watch for lane closures and potential short shut downs while the work is being done.
"If you're traveling on Frankfort between Stilz and Story, you should just be prepared for a short delay while the work is going on,” Metro Councilman Bill Hollander said.
Hollander represents District 9 and said the dead trees have created a safety hazard. If you’re familiar with Frankfort Avenue, trees line both sides of the road for miles.
"We're not taking down any good trees," Hollander said. "We're taking down trees that need to be replaced, and we will be replacing them."
Hollander will provide $12,000 in district funds to replace each tree cut down with a new one. That’s welcomed news for residents who are concerned about losing trees and shade.
"At least two or three trees per tree being cut down would be nice,” John Hayden said. "All I want is to see more trees and less concrete everywhere, personally.”
Some others have seen the damage the dead trees can cause.
"On a heavy storm, like we've had, or when it gets really rainy or a heavy snow in the winter, these limbs just come down,” said Sue Albright, who owns an apartment building on Frankfort Avenue and lives in the area.
She said she understands how important trees are but sees no value in keeping dead ones around.
"Take them down,” Albright said. “Because if you don't, they're going to fall down. Trees have a lifespan, just like I do. I'm not going to be here forever, and neither are those trees."
The work will be done from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is expected to wrap up by the end of the week. But inclement weather could extend the project to next week.
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