Focal Point Landscape Design

  • Golden Ears Bridge landscape design
  • Golden Ears Bridge landscape design
  • Golden Ears Bridge landscape design

Golden Ears Bridge

Site

Highway traffic circles from Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows over the Golden Ears Bridge to Langley Highway center medians.

Intention

To replace dead or missing plant material from original planting.

Solution

Partnered with Miller Capilano Highway Maintenance Corporation; FocalPoint provided the Plant Management Services.

Working inside traffic closures proved to be interesting. We at FocalPoint incurred some project practices that were out of our 'regular' planting practices: There are a lot of rules like a cone cannot be dropped before 7:30am and starting cone pick-up starts at 3:30pm. Hence our vehicles arrived on-time and waiting on stand-by around the corner until the closure was prepared. We had to logistically plan the plant delivery truck to enter and exit the closure at the most pro-efficient spots. With tree deliveries and crane operation the holes needed to be pre-dug at the correct elevation. There were challenges faced like safety, toxins, passerbyers and washroom/coffee breaks. We had more than one vehicle enter the closure driving at full speed; so we had to always be aware and face traffic walking with head up, typically inside the plant bed. We breathed in lots of toxins for a 7-8 hours per day from the vehicles passing by and from the local Wastech plant. Some of the passerbyers did not prove to be thankful of our efforts to 'Green-Up' the highway. One 60ish year old gentleman yelled "Green-side up" while driving by at 50 kms/ph driving an Acura SUV. Seriously. There were no porta-potties in the middle of the highway or even at the side... so Tim Hortons was our close friend throughout the duration of the project. We at FocalPoint definitely got our exercise. We often work on acreage properties; but this project was so much more! One planting bed when measured was 2.5 kms long and we laid out and planted over 700 plants in one day; hence walking that stretch many, many times in one day on pavement; not cushy lawn. I have a Great Respect for our Highway Maintenance Companies! Oh yes; and we had a lot of FUN too!

The following plant material was supplied, delivered and installed.
HEDGE MAPLE
STRAWBERRY TREE
KARL FORESTER REED GRASS
MED. PINK HEATHER
MUNSTEAD LAVENDER
FLAME GRASS
DWARF MAIDEN GRASS
SHORE PINE
DWARF MUGO PINE
PINK FLOWERING CARPET ROSE
GOLD FLAME SPIREA
LITTLE PRINCESS SPIREA
GOLD FLAME SPIREA
DWARF MUGO PINE
YELLOW GEM POTENTILLA
DWARF PURPLE WILLOW
LITTLE PRINCESS SPIREA
KARL FORESTER REED GRASS
PINK FLOWERING CARPET ROSE
HEDGE MAPLE
MEXICAN FEATHER GRASS
MAIDEN GRASS
BLUE FESCUE
SHORE PINE
ORIENTAL FOUNTAIN GRASS
MED. PINK HEATHER

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