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
Spring 2023 Update: Crews will complete the remaining tree plantings in Segment 2 through this spring, before beginning the water and cultivation stage this summer and early fall to complete the planned tree plantings in the segment.
Summer 2022 Update: Installation of the Spring landscape plantings has been completed and maintenance crews have started the summer watering and cultivating cycles to sustain and maintain the health of the plants for long term viability. Planting in the summer is restricted due to lower survival rates associated with higher temperatures during the initial period of establishment. Crews will return in the Spring to replace any trees that did not survive.
Spring 2022 Update: Installation of the Spring landscape plantings has begun, and activity will continue through the fall 2022. During this time, the new vegetation will be maintained with appropriate and periodic watering, weed control, fertilization and other essential activities to sustain and maintain the health of the plants for long term viability. Planting in the summer is restricted due to lower survival rates associated with higher temperatures, which would otherwise occur during the initial period of establishment.
Winter 2021 Update: With the onset of winter, the plantings will remain dormant until temperatures warm up in the spring. At that time, they will be monitored and maintained to enjoy.
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. Check out our photo album