The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Kentucky Utilities are partnering this month to eliminate a public safety hazard on Man O’ War Boulevard.
KU will remove 14 large shade trees planted under power lines and the Urban County Government will replace them with 33 smaller ornamental trees. It is feared the larger trees could bring down the power lines in a strong storm and cause a power outage, according to a press release.
The work is being funded with a $4,000 Plant the Planet grant from LG&E and KU under their “Right Tree in the Right Place Program” and $4,000 in matching funds from the Urban County Council’s Corridors Commission.
“I support KU’s Right Tree in the Right Place Program,” said Karen Angelucci, chairperson of the city’s Tree Board and a member of the Corridors Commission. “I love my power and I love my trees.” She added that the trees being removed have already been topped.