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Trees, plants planned for Bypass area

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Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunCaltrans has started a project to plant tree seedlings and plants removed during construction of the Bypass.
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The roadsides made bare by the construction of the Truckee Bypass project will soon be covered with thousands of trees and shrubs.

Caltrans has started a project to plant tree seedlings and plants removed during construction of the Bypass, which was completed in October 2002.

The $830,000 project will place 13,350 trees, 15,550 shrubs, 2,500 forbs, 1,500 grass plugs and seed over approximately 1.4 million square feet of area, according to Shelly Chernicki, a Caltrans spokesperson.

The roadsides along Highway 267 from Airport Road to Alder Creek and Highway 89 north from Trout Creek to Prosser Road on Interstate 80 will be planted with 7,500 Jeffrey pines, 5,500 lodgepole pines, 200 mountain alders and 150 black cottonwoods, Chernicki said.

The project will also install a temporary irrigation system that will be used by the contractor for three years to ensure growth of the new vegetation.

Most work will take place on the shoulder, off the roadway, during daylight hours. The project should be finished in December, Chernicki said. Plant establishment will continue until 2008.

The Truckee Bypass included a new I-80 interchange and a 1,500-foot span over Glenshire Drive, the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and the Truckee River 110 feet below. Work on the $33.5 million project began in August 1999 and was officially opened Oct. 24, 2002.