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The Texas Department of Transportation is paying to plant trees at three Interstate 35 intersections in San Marcos. The city is chipping in by installing water taps and meters. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO by TREY HAT


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.


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6 thoughts on “‘Green Ribbon’ project to plant 800 trees along I-35

  1. Love the idea. Planting 800 trees in August when it’s 100 degrees outside? Wouldn’t waiting until September or October be a safer bet?

  2. They need to do a better job than they have so far. There are about 6 trees on the north side of Hwy 80 that didn’t even get in the ground. And they’re still laying there. The trees are not being watered properly and are showing signs of stress.

  3. There are trees slated to be cut down on Guadalupe street for the bridge widening. Activists have been saving trees one by one, thanks to some of the good COSM city staff who are willing to listen. Thank you to the citizens who took their spring breaks to fight for trees. Best, LMC

    Lesson: it is KEY to preserve the trees we have, historical or otherwise because that is the TRUE CHARACTER OF OUR COMMUNITY

  4. Actually MM, they should wait until Nov. at least. Less heat equals less stress. Plus if the tree is dormant, the roots will get a chance to take hold. Now is the worst posable time to plant trees.

  5. A good project, but the timing is terrible. It’s absolutely baking outside and there’s no rain in sight. Watering with potable water is certainly beneficial, but nothing compares to actual rain when it comes to establishing trees and other plants.

    We can’t control how much rain we get, of course, so it makes sense to control the planting schedule to keep from stressing the newly planted trees.

    My wife and I have similar concerns as we have watched campus workers sod the grass around the remodeled River House grounds on CM Allen Parkway. I know it’s university property and they do whatever they please, but really….sodding in August? Surely there must have been a single human on that project who had the foresight to say aloud, “Perhaps it would be better if we wait until fall to sod…”

  6. Those trees were planted this spring. Each has it’s own drip irrigation. They benefited from the July rains and are doing well. They are beautiful!

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