Tree planting to begin soon on Hwy. 108 near I-26 in Columbus

Published 8:01 am Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Work will soon begin on the long-awaited tree planting along Hwy. 108 in Columbus.
The Town of Columbus and Polk County Appearance Commission received funding from the Polk County Community Foundation and N.C. Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT) to plant trees along the right-of-way on Hwy. 108 from the I-26 interchange to Walker Street. This project is designed to provide an aesthetic entryway into the Town of Columbus from I-26 that will help display the beauty and charm of Columbus and Polk County. Town officials said the entryway from I-26 is often the first point of entry for travelers to North Carolina and this new roadway enhancement will enhance their visit to Columbus.
This project is designed to ensure that trees are planted within the N.C. DOT right-of-way. Every precaution has been made to ensure that the trees do not interfere with current signage, underground or aboveground utilities, or sight distances for travelers pulling onto Hwy. 108.
“The town is very appreciative of the assistance provided by the Polk County Community Foundation via their unrestricted grants fund,” Columbus Manager Jonathan Kanipe said. “The foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the Town in order to proceed with this project. The Town would also like to recognize the significant contribution made by the N.C. DOT, which has managed this project and is paying for the contract work, including installation and purchase of the trees used in this project. The Town and the Polk County Appearance Commission could not have completed this project without the assistance of these two organizations.”
For further information regarding this project, contact the Columbus Town Hall at 828-894-8236.
– article submitted
by the Town of Columbus

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