Planting begins at I-26 exit in Columbus

Published 3:36 pm Thursday, January 14, 2010

The banks along I-26 at the Columbus exit will soon be landscaped with trees, shrubs
The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) contract was awarded recently to Sodfather, Inc., a landscape contrac
The reforestation plan for the banks was done in cooperation with DOT engineers and help from local individuals, including volunteer design work by Mark Byington. Richard Queen, DOT engineer for the project, says his office worked with the Polk County Cooperative Extension Office and the Polk County Appearance Commission to design the plantings on the banks.
The design includes a variety of trees and shrubs, including seasonal wildflowers closest to the I-26 highway, sugar maples, constellation dogwoods, redwoods, cedar and spruce, and other trees and bushes.
Queen says the project has been ready to go, but contractors were waiting on warmer temperatures before beginning.
The banks were cleared about a year ago to improve sight distance.and wildflowers. Planting for a reforestation project began Tuesday.tor in Spartanburg, S.C.

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