“Conceptual plans for the Hart Expressway landscaping project received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who attended the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) July 18 public meeting at the Northeast Florida Safety Council.
Members of the project and design teams were on hand to answer questions and take feedback on the estimated $1 million project, which is focused on the Atlantic Boulevard, Alternate U.S. 1 and University Boulevard interchanges.
The landscaping plans were inspired by plants and trees that are indigenous to Northeast Florida. The naturalistic approach includes native greenery such as muhly grass, saw palmettos, crape myrtles, live oaks, bald cypress, pine, and more.
“It’s a palette that is native to this part of the state. It’s material that’s tough; it’s hearty; it’s proven in a pretty hostile environment like this,” said EJ Bolduc III, vice president of the land planning, urban design, and landscape architecture group at CHW Professional Consultants.
Currently in its 90% design phase, construction on the project is expected to start in summer 2020 and be completed by fall 2020. Irrigation and other incidental work relating to the overall aesthetics of the 1.6-mile Hart Expressway corridor will also take place.
The project was developed as a concept in conjunction with District Two’s FDOTree program, a new initiative created to educate the public about the FDOT’s Northeast Florida landscaping programs…”
— Resident community news
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