The empty acres along the US Highway 31 interchanges leading into the City of Kokomo will be the planting grounds for nearly 300 native and ornamental trees, as part of the state’s $155 million Freeway Project at Kokomo.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will soon place dozens of Bur Oaks, American Sycamores, Eastern Redbuds and other native species in the public right-of-ways.
“During the US 31 corridor project, the state removed hundreds of mature trees,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “By contrast in recent years the City of Kokomo has planted thousands of trees throughout its parks and public spaces. I am pleased INDOT is addressing the treescape leading into Kokomo.”
Planting and maintaining trees is not only a smart investment that increases Kokomo’s aesthetic urban appeal, the project provides significant ecological and economic benefits.
According to INDOT project engineer Keith Myers, “Our contractor waited until now for roots to go dormant before transporting and setting the trees. The plan is to start planting tomorrow morning at the north terminus and work south over the next week or so.”
The state will plant 293 trees at Kokomo-area interchanges—at a cost of $99,969.