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Sound walls may get landscaping cover
Fri, 11/28/2008 - 3:28pm
By: John Munford
Help may be on the way to soften the hard concrete vista provided by the sound buffering walls erected on the Ga. Highway 74 road widening project.
City Planner David Rast said a $50,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation is available to landscape the areas. Best of all the DOT has the funds on hand and there’s no matching fund requirement, City Manager Bernie McMullen said.
The city will look at planting three or four types of evergreen vines that will totally cover the walls within three to five years, Rast said. Behind those areas on slopes there could be a series of evergreen trees of different varieties, Rast said.
The city will be required to mow and maintain the area, but that is already being done on other state highways in the city, Rast said.
Councilman Doug Sturbaum asked if the city could use another type of groundcover in the space between the sidewalk and the road. It was suggested the area could possibly be mulched.
Money for the program comes from funds that the advertising industry pays to clear land for billboards. Ironically, billboard advertising is forbidden in Peachtree City.
The $50,000 won’t cover all the work that needs to be done, Rast noted, but “we’re going to do as much as we can,” he added.login to post comments