Posted 5:47 AM 9/13/2012 : Beautification Project celebration
CITY OF TUCSON CELEBRATES TRANSPORTATION BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS
Council Member Karin Uhlich, Council Member Richard Fimbres and City Manager Richard Miranda invite the public to join them in celebrating the completion of two landscaping beautification projects and an update on the four-month-long median island and roadside cleanup endeavor throughout the City of Tucson.
The Transportation Beautification Project Celebration will take place at the southeast corner of Tucson Boulevard and Irvington Road on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 9 a.m. Please see accompanying map for parking directions and the location of the celebration.
Tucson Clean & Beautiful and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) collaborated on two landscape and beautification projects using funding provided by the Litter Fee Fund administered by the City Manager's City Beautification Task Force.
The first of these two projects transformed a vacant lot at the southeast corner of Tucson Boulevard and Irvington Road into a native desert plant oasis with water harvesting, and the second project introduced landscaping materials on the Grant Road median, just east of the Interstate 10 Frontage Road. Both projects improved the environmental and aesthetic quality of these well-traveled gateway corridors with native and desert-adapted plants.
"As we strive to make Tucson Boulevard a more scenic route to and from the Tucson International Airport, projects such as these help tremendously to beautify the area and bring an increased sense of worth for not only the residents of Ward 5 but for all citizens of our great city," said Council Member Fimbres.
Council Member Uhlich, talking about the project at Grant Road and I-10 said, "The median landscape at Grant and I-10 replaces concrete with beautiful desert plants and rock. These improvements, taken together with other work in the area, create a much more inviting gateway for travelers and for economic investment."
The four-month-long median cleanup and maintenance project concentrated on median islands and roadsides in an intense effort to remove weeds, debris and dead plants along arterial roadways with higher traffic volumes. The City of Tucson Department of Transportation will continue to use contracted services and in-house staff to maintain median islands and roadsides on a monthly basis.
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