Santa Rosa, CA – March 30, 2017 – The Highway 101 Airport Boulevard Interchange will soon welcome residents and visitors with professionally designed landscaping that includes 176 trees. These trees are the final piece of a replanting effort that totals about 1,700 trees, the remainder of which have already been planted both
onsite along Mark West Creek, and offsite along Mark West Creek at Cresta Ranch. This week, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a landscape construction contract for $510,522 with Bortolussi & Watkin Inc. to complete the final phase of the improvements at the interchange located east of
the Sonoma County Airport between the city of Santa Rosa and the Town of Windsor. Funding for the project comes from Measure M, transportation improvements funding passed by voters in 2004. The project is expected to begin in June and conclude in Fall 2017, however the timing is dependent on obtaining
“The landscaping project will not only satisfy project requirements but enhance the beautification of the Highway 101 corridor,” said Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “I look forward to watching the 176 trees to be planted flourish and grow for generations to come.”
The project includes planting, irrigation installation, and a 3-year Plant Establishment Period of trees including Coast Live Oak, Coast Redwood, Olive, Cypress, and Crepe Myrtle, meets drought resistant requirements, and will be utilizing recycled water provided by the Sonoma County Water
Agency. The tree replanting was identified as required mitigation in the environmental review process of the interchange construction.
Supervisor James Gore added, “The County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works has done a phenomenal job implementing the final improvements of the Airport Boulevard Interchange. Once again, visitors coming in from the nearby Sonoma County Airport, residents traveling to work at
the Airport Business Park, and commuters traveling on Highway 101 will encounter a lush and drought-tolerant landscape that fully embraces our environment.”