Over the past few months, the Florida Department of Transportation’s contractor has been making much progress on the Corkscrew Road/I-75 interchange landscaping project. As the landscaping takes shape, residents will notice a variety of canopy trees, palm trees and shrubs.
The design is composed of Florida-friendly plant species – using native plants to provide a sustainable landscape that requires less irrigation – along with accent plants to provide additional color.
Key design features are:
- Large Royal Palms installed on each side of the interstate, providing a gateway into Estero
- Royal Poinciana trees, Nitida Palms and Bougainvillea shrubs framing Corkscrew Road
- Irrigated sod and shrubs along the sidewalks
- Cocoplum shrubs and pink muhly grass between the bridge structures
While the landscaping will drastically beautify the interchange immediately, the full impact will be seen over the next few years as the plants mature, especially the flowering trees and shrubs.
Installation is expected to be completed this month. The contractor will maintain the landscaping for two years. After that, the Village will take over maintenance responsibilities.