The much anticipated, long awaited tree restoration is well underway within Warwick Boulevard medians from Boxley Boulevard southward to Maxwell Lane. As a result of a multi-phased Hampton Roads Sanitation District force main replacement, all of the previous hollies and crapemyrtles were removed to facilitate construction. Because fall is one of the best planting seasons, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism has been cooperatively working with HRSD and their design agents to plan and manage the tree installations.
Over 180 trees are being installed in the medians comprising of large shade trees (Willow Oaks, Brandywine Red Maple, and Bosque Elms), as well as summer blooming Crapemyrtle, and exceptional fall coloring Pistache trees. Visibility and site distances should be greatly improved over the former landscaping, as the low branched evergreen hollies are not being replaced, but in their place will be deciduous trees with higher branching that will aid in keeping traffic views open. The tree restoration should be mostly completed by the end of January.