U.S. 90 will improve its ‘curb appeal’ by adding new landscaping between Stewart and Dogwood

Published on June 04, 2013 with No Comments

Motorists will soon have nice scenery to enjoy on U.S. 90 between Stewart and Dogwood streets.

The medians on that popular thoroughfare will be landscaped and beautified, adding color and vegetation to the area.

Plans call for grass, ground cover, holly, drake elms, drift roses, Indian hawthorne and pansy redbuds, Lily of the Nile and other plants that fit the theme of colors that city crews have been planting on other streets.

The beautification program costs $150,000, to be paid by the Florida Department of Transportation, which owns U.S. 90. It’s the first major investment in the medians since the Pride and Progress program of the late 1990s.

Finding the right mix of plans and trees for the medians is complicated.

The vegetation must be hardy enough to endure the fumes and dirt from passing vehicles, and FDOT has strict guidelines to protect drivers’ sightlines, thus eliminating chances for many large trees and bushes, for example.

City Manager Brian Watkins said Milton wants to extend the improvements to other medians along U.S. 90 if FDOT provides money next year

 

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