Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Matlock foliage barrier approved

Live oaks and hollies could be filtering the sounds and blocking the sights of Matlock Road by early June for Walnut Estates residents.
The City Council endorsed a landscaping plan Monday night to address complaints about a road project that widened Matlock and elevated it about 10 feet for flood protection. Residents said the traffic became louder and more visible when the construction ended last summer.
The staff will seek bids on 53 Nellie R. Stevens hollies and 16 live oak trees, and the council could award a contract by early May.
"As far as I'm concerned, it sounds good to me at this point," resident Chris Bardasian said, but he added that he wanted to outline the plan for his neighbors and get their opinions.
The landscaping plan would cost about $30,000 to $35,000, said senior park planner James Fish. The hollies will line the front of the subdivision's 6-foot brick wall, providing an effective noise barrier because of its dense foliage and coarse leaves, Fish said.
The live oaks will be planted on the slope leading up to the road.
The council decided last month against other neighborhood requests -- building a noise wall along Matlock at a cost of $130,000, or increasing the subdivision wall's height by two feet, which would have cost $50,000.
Council members said they were concerned about setting a precedent and about liability if the city augments a private wall.

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