Friendswood City workers put in new landscaping in the downtown medians. The project is part of Keep Friendswood Beautiful's median beautification project and includes landscaping and irrigation.

Median makeover in last phase toward completion

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Friendswood City workers put in new landscaping in the downtown medians. The project is part of Keep Friendswood Beautiful's median beautification project and includes landscaping and irrigation.

Friendswood City workers put in new landscaping in the downtown medians. The project is part of Keep Friendswood Beautiful’s median beautification project and includes landscaping and irrigation.

Work is underway on medians in downtown Friendswood as crews push to complete the transformations by the projected date of January 2017.

Chinese fringe trees, redbud trees, Eagleston holly, and foxtail ferns are part of the new look that also includes an irrigation system, according to Director of Community Services James Toney.

Keep Friendswood Beautiful (KFB) is behind the project to upgrade the Friendswood Drive medians from the Pearland City limit to Stevenson Park. Funding for the project is through a $210,000 Governor’s Community Achievement Award from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

A delay by TxDOT pushed the completion date which was originally October to the new year.

Removal of the plants that were in the medians happened during the spring and recently city crews have started with the new planting.

“Working with TxDOT landscapers has been a wonderful experience. They helped us plan the process of adding irrigation in the medians, and completing some medians we thought we would not be able to do,” KFB Chairman Sherry Goen said.

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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