Tree replacement and landscaping supports stabilized soil, prevents erosion, regulates water flow, absorbs carbon and filter pollutants, cools the air and provides animal habitat. Plantings were selected for:
- Native/naturalized to corridor
- Survivability in highway environment
- Resistant to storm damage, disease, insects and salt
- Seasonal interest
- Easy transplanting/establishment
Fall 2021 Update: Vegetation planting begins October 23, 2021.
Weather permitting, landscaping crews will begin vegetation planting along I-75 in Oakland County during the months of October, November, and December. For healthy planting sustainability, additional work will take place in the spring. The plantings will occur approximately along the 8-mile stretch of I-75 between Coolidge Highway and 14 Mile Rd. The plantings are part of the freeway modernization project that reconstructed a section of I-75 during the 2019 and 2020 construction seasons. In order to safely unload equipment and vegetation, there will be intermittent shoulder and single-lane closures along northbound and southbound I-75 during non-peak travel hours.
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