The San Marcos City Council recently approved an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to participate in the Green Ribbon Project to plant trees along three sections of Interstate 35 in San Marcos.
In August, TxDOT will begin planting more than 800 native and adapted trees of various sizes near the intersections of the interstate with River Ridge Parkway, McCarty Lane and the intersection of Texas 80 and Texas 21.
“Not only will the trees make the interstate more attractive as is passes through San Marcos, they also contribute to better air quality,” said Janae Ryan, Engineering and Capital Improvements department project manager.
TxDOT will fund the cost of the trees, the installation and maintenance for the first two years. The city agreed to contribute $14,000 to install seven water taps and meters in the project areas for future maintenance.
The Green Ribbon Project (GRP) was created by TxDOT in 1999 in Houston in an effort to offset the impacts of air pollution and add visual appeal to the city’s massive highway system.
The project was so well received that TxDOT began to implement the landscape plan along highways in other parts of the state. For information on the project, contact the City of San Marcos Engineering and Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130.
— TREY HATT/CITY OF SAN MARCOS