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March 5, 2013

Jeffersonville’s tree plan to spread its limbs

City wants 19-block trail of trees; plantings to start in spring

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

Phillips said if the plan moves forward, the tree walk would be the only one of its kind in the country.

Aside from being a beautification project, the plan may also provide green infrastructure so the city could capture more stormwater and reduce Combined Sewer Overflows, Corbin said.

An additional $10,000 has been pledged through the planning and zoning department for the plan. The total estimate from the project planners totaled about $1 million, but Phillips said that does not take into account the amount of work that could be done in-house to control costs.

She said the plan is for UEZ engineering and park staff to cut the concrete and dig holes for the trees, but to have nurseries install trees so there are warranties.

Hopes are that the tree walk could be completed as early as spring 2015, but several factors must still be weighed, including what type of tree wells to use.

Corbin said the city plans to plant one block of eight to 10 popular street trees between Market Street and Riverside Drive within a month. Those plantings may dictate how quickly the plan moves forward.

“We’re hoping to get a few blocks done this spring,” Phillips said.

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