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July 5, 2014

Town of Lockport launches 'corridor' greening effort

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Beautification efforts are underway around the Transit North Corridor. Late last month, 36 trees were planted along the west side of South Transit Road, between Hamm and Robinson roads.

This is the first step in a beautification effort along Transit that will take place over the next few years.

Supervisor Marc Smith said the plan was created by the town’s engineer, Wendel Duchscherer, and approved by the state Department of Transportation.

Highway Superintendent David J. Miller said a variety of maple trees known as street trees were planted. They were selected from a DOT-approved list.

Over the next couple of years, street trees and a variety of shade trees will be planted on the west side of the road to the city line and on the east side to Robinson Road. There will also be areas where flowers and other greenery are planted.

The 36 trees cost the town about $100 each.

“That is quite a bit more than we normally spend on trees,” Smith said, and that is due to the fact that DOT requires planting of mature trees, with at least a 21/2-inch circumference, to ensure their survival.

The town originally planned to also plant trees on the east side of South Transit north of Robinson Road, but that planting is now postponed until completion of scheduled water line replacement work next year. The line will be installed from Tonawanda Creek Road north to Robinson and likely beyond Robinson to the Big Lots Plaza, where the trees would be planted.

“We didn’t want to plant trees and immediately dig them up next year,” Smith said.

The trees are the only plantings that the town will do along South Transit this year. Town crews will water the trees two to three times a week.

Contact reporter Rikki Cason at 439-9222, ext. 6252, or follow her on Twitter @rikiki23.

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