Linn County’s Secondary Road Department has been awarded $20,000.00 through Iowa’s Living Roadways Program for corridor plantings at four locations within and along Linn County roadways. The corridors include C Avenue Extension, County Home Road, North Center Point Road, 1st Avenue near Springville, and Worcester Road. All areas will receive diverse mixes of native grasses and flowering plants. The Worcester Road corridor planting will also include trees and shrubs.
While the plantings add beauty to the landscape, they are also valuable tools for reducing stormwater runoff, catching snow before it drifts across travel lanes, and providing important habitat for butterflies, birds and other wildlife and pollinators.
Iowa’s Living Roadways Program provides funding for landscape enhancement along transportation corridors. Program partners include Trees Forever, the Iowa Department of Transportation and its Living Roadway Trust Fund, and the Federal Highway Administration.
Site preparation in Linn County will begin next month, with an anticipated completion date of June 1, 2015.