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Nov 02

HRSD to Plant 170 Replacement Trees as Part of Construction of New Pipeline

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 8:26 AM by Communications Department

Residents who travel Warwick Boulevard between Peninsula Memorial Park and Boxley Boulevard have probably seen workers preparing for the construction of another segment of a critically needed new 42-inch HRSD pipeline to replace one built in the 1970s. One of the first steps in this project is the removal of trees in the median where the pipeline is to be installed. Tree removal began this week and will take place in two phases. HRSD will be restoring the area by planting 170 new trees after the pipeline is completed. The new plantings will extend from City Center Boulevard/Maxwell Lane to Oyster Point Road. Trees1_SC

HRSD prefers to protect existing landscaping when undertaking projects in developed areas. However, while working to identify a route for the new pipeline, it became apparent that locating it in the median and restoring the landscaping would be the best option for this heavily traveled corridor. This strategy will also prevent prolonged traffic delays for commuters.

City staff recommended the number, types and location of trees that will be planted as well as the mulch to be used. Plans call for the installation of 70 Muskogee Crape Myrtles, 24 Hightower Willow Oaks, 22 Chinese Pistaches,14 Brandywine Red Maples, 30 Bosque Lacebark Elms, and 10 Regal Prince Columnar Oaks. The new trees will generate a more aesthetic, diverse, and sustainable plant palette than the existing landscape. HRSD will hire an experienced landscaping contractor to accomplish the planting at the seasonally optimal time of year and will provide a plant warranty to ensure successful establishment.
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Identifying a pipeline location in developed areas is a challenging task. Because the old pipelines must remain in service so treatment can continue while a new pipeline is built, a different route is usually required. The best route avoids existing homes and businesses as well as other underground utilities such as gas, water, cable and power lines. On major roadways, such as Warwick Boulevard, it is also essential to minimize traffic back-ups. Therefore, the preferred routes do not require extended lane closures or detours. The ability to construct a new pipeline safely and later access it for maintenance and repairs without inconveniencing the public was also critical.

More information about this project and other HRSD construction efforts can be found under Construction Status on HRSD’s website.