Landscaping project at Fishhook nearing completion

It's been about two years in the making but the landscaping phase of the Highway 1/17 merge Lanes Project is finally drawing to a close. The latest news from the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission and Caltrans is that the contractor is wrapping up the installation of irrigation lines, including checking and flushing the system. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, planting is scheduled to begin by the end of this month and is expected to take about a month, which would mean that this part of the project would be complete by the end of October/beginning of November,” said Bryan Parker, Caltrans' landscape architect for the project. “The contractor is responsible for maintaining the system, overseeing plant establishment and graffiti control for three years through spring of 2012.” Some facts about the project include: 
  • Plants and trees will be planted at about a 3-to-1 ratio for those removed.
  • Nearly 4,000 new plants will be installed.  Of them, almost 600 are trees, including 300 locally grown Native Coast Redwoods; 1,700 vines will be planted to cover the soundwalls.
  • 7 acres of roadside will be seeded with native grasses and wildflowers.
A full fact sheet of the merge lanes project, which was built between the spring of 2006 and the fall of 2008,  is available at http://www.hwy1-17.caltrans.ca.gov. Click here for the plant list. This information and more will be in the agenda packet for the RTC's Oct. 7 meeting. Keep an eye on www.sccrtc.org or the full agenda packet. It should be released later this week. Any questions or comments about the project can be directed toward the RTC by calling (831) 460-3200 or Caltrans at (831) 423-0396.
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