Old U.S.24 becomes Archbishop Noll Memorial Parkway in Huntington

The city of Huntington is one that's pretty proud of its history. Tuesday they honored one of it's past leaders with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the upgrade of Old US 24. Along with that upgrade comes a new name.

Posted: Jul. 31, 2018 7:04 PM
Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 9:49 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT)- It's not just about improving the look, but making it easier for those coming in and out of Huntington.

Old U.S 24 is going to be thinner and smoother and named after a man admired by many people.

"The history of Archbishop Noll in our community goes back over 100 years, and he's a vital part of the faith community, not only of Huntington but also the whole region of Northeast Indiana. As we continue to build a great quality of life here in Huntington and Northeast Indiana, we think it's important that we recognize those who've helped make our history possible," Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters said.

Over the last couple of years Huntington has been attentive to using trails and making roadways pedestrian friendly.

"It was built in the late 50's, early 60's. It really hadn't had much attention since that time. It needed re-paving. There was a lot of drainage work that needed to be done. The traffic no longer warranted a four lane highway coming in and out of town,"he explained.

Kevin Noll believes the Archbishop Noll Memorial Parkway in honor of his uncle is just the beginning of what's to come for the city.

"It's a great thing for Huntington. I think it's a great opportunity for people to have the trails, and the commitment to the trails has helped spark a lot of communities in really growing, and I hope the same thing happens for Huntington,"Noll said.

This change is something Karen Schafbuch appreciates.

"I love Huntington. I love to visit the Bishop's grave. A lot of memories of him here and I love Huntington for that reason,"Schafbuch said.

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