Landscaping could be added to the Highway 101 and Highway 41 interchange by the fall, a Caltrans official told the Atascadero City Council on Tuesday
The three-year, $17 million highway project included the construction of a new brick-faced bridge and other additions to the area where the two highways.
The project wrapped up in October 2010, but requests for bids on landscaping have been put on hold because Caltrans is waiting for the state to release funding for it. That could come as soon as August, officials said.
The cost of the landscaping project wasn’t immediately available.
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The state is required to add roughly four acres of trees and shrubs to the interchange area to replace those removed to make way for roadwork.
Some council members Tuesday asked for the trees to be planted at a spot where downtown could remain visible from Highway 41. At least one public speaker wished for the new vegetation to be lush and full like it was before the construction to block noise and light.
Although the landscape plans are already approved, Caltrans officials said they would take another look at the placement options with city staff.