County to Use Old Cattle Run as Connector for New Trail

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

Warren County Public Works is excited about a new project because it connects a community in a way they hope will keep people active, and it will use some rare existing structures to do that.

It will connect schools, a park and a major staple of Kentucky Proud Ice Cream in Warren County.

"It will run from Rich Pond Elementary School, around the back parameter of South Warren Middle and High Schools, and reach 31-W," said Mac Yowell, Warren County Public Works Director.

Yowell says eventually it will run down to Buchanon park, but that's only the first two phases of the project.

What's probably the most unique part of this project is this small underpass on 31-w. Right now it's used to transport water, back in the day it was used to transport cattle from one side of the road to the other, but with this project it will be transporting something a little different.

The cattle run was built under the road in 1941, next to Carl Chaney's farm.

"We have three kids, and they would always go down there and ride their bikes through it, if we were looking for them sometimes that might be where we'd find them," said Owner Chaney's Dairy Barn Carl Chaney.

Now the Chaneys won't be the only ones using it.

"Hearing what they want to do with it, clean it up and make it a pass where people don't have to drive over to the dairy barn.. that's pretty cool," said Chaney.

"What we're hoping is people will use the paths from the back of the park down there and get some exercise going over to eat ice cream," said Yowell.

Warren County Public Works says aside from the new trail, they will be adding benches and water fountains along the path.

Yowell says they are currently in the design phase of the project and hope to begin construction once schools is out for the summer, and hope to have the trail completed by the time they resume classes in August.

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