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Barack Obama Way
Don Gingold
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Barack Obama Way

New Albany, IN

Just in time before President Barack Obama’s term came to a close in early 2017, Reas Lane in New Albany, Indiana was officially renamed Barack Obama Way. When completed, the road is planned to ease traffic between two industrial areas of the southern Indiana community, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.

The sign change marking the renamed road took place with about one week left in President Obama’s tenure in the highest office in the land. The renaming was approved by the New Albany Board of Works in late 2016, according to Southern Indiana’s News and Tribune.

“Every city, town and burg wants to claim a little part of a successful US president, and we are no exception,” New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan said. “Our brand new Business Park North would not exist without the direct efforts of our 44th president [who] pushed hard and passed an economic stimulus plan which let the city of New Albany move forward with developing 40 acres of industrial land into New Albany’s fifth industrial park.”

Part of the plan, according to published reports, was a $1.7 million Economic Development Administration grant which was matched by New Albany. The funds made the Reas Lane extension possible, and other nearby road improvements. Additionally, sewer projects were completed, and environmental protections were undertaken. Gahan noted that 64 new jobs resulted from the efforts.

“I think it’s only fitting and appropriate that we recognize President Barack Obama by making this street his namesake,’ Gahan added. New Albany has a population of about 36,400.

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The Obama Legacy Initiative was created to empower citizens and communities across the nation who wish to honor President Obama’s legacy in ways that are meaningful to them.  We provide technical and media support to legislators, educators, students, community advocates and organizations who wish to name programs or physical spaces such as schools, parks or community centers after President Obama.  

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