City and MnDOT partner to landscape Hwy 22 roundabouts in Mankato
Night work on native prairie gardens begins as early as June 6
MANKATO, Minn. – The city of Mankato and MnDOT have partnered on a plan to landscape the roundabouts on Highway 22 at Adams Street and Madison Avenue with site preparation beginning Monday night, June 6, weather permitting.
The city has retained Blazing Star Gardens of Clarks Grove, the same company that landscaped the Children’s Museum, to put in native prairie gardens consisting of a mix of grasses and wild flowers including Cone Flowers, Phlox, Blazing Stars, Butterfly Milkweed, Coreopsis and New England Asters totaling 7,400 plants.
“The intersections of Madison Avenue and Adams Street with Highway 22 are the busiest intersections and serve as gateways to the retail and commercial districts within our City. Once these native plantings fill in, they will leave a favorable impression on visitors to our City,” said Jeff Johnson, Mankato public works director.
The initial work for the gardens will take place over the summer with installation of mulch on June 6 and 7. Plantings for each roundabout are planned for the weekends of June 11-12 and June 18-19, weather permitting. These activities as well as future watering and weeding will take place over night or early a.m. during low volume traffic times, but brief lane closures may be necessary.
The roundabout plantings are a low maintenance, high density design to reduce the amount of weeding and mulch re-applications in the long run.
“We are pleased to make use of our Community Landscape Partnership Program to enhance the overall appearance of Highway 22,” explains Jed Falgren, maintenance operations engineer. “The strong partnership between MnDOT and the city has been instrumental to the success of the roundabouts.”
When the roundabouts were built they were seeded with some grasses and wildflowers, mostly for erosion control until the agencies could come up with a landscaping plan for the area. This project provides a more permanent low maintenance, vegetation solution.
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