Dirt is out on Capitol Hill. Cork covers Cal Anderson’s sports field. And “flexible porous pavement,” slowly but surely, is surrounding Broadway’s trees.
Along with larger efforts like winning the return of homelessness outreach services on the street, the Broadway Business Improvement Area also is marking a smaller win with spring as the first phase in a two-year effort to fill in the street’s tree wells is complete.
Starting with Broadway’s northern end to steer clear of the busy construction scene currently going on around Capitol Hill Station, the BBIA’s tree well project is designed to make the area’s sidewalks easier to navigate and cleaner for everyone. And the trees don’t seem to mind.
Filling the wells is also a safety issue — CHS knows of a few lawsuits against local businesses over the years that also probably inspired the work.
The “pavement” is also relatively earth-friendly as it puts recycled car tires back to work in new form.
The Broadway work joins a city project that filled in the tree wells of E Pike a few years back. By next year, the trees on the south end of the Broadway core will get the treatment.
In the meantime, the BBIA says to watch out for the return of flower baskets on Broadway along with daily watering service funded by its ratepayer and city grant-powered budget. “We can’t wait to see the explosion of colors in the baskets welcoming visitors to Broadway,” the BBIA says.
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