Relocation of palms continues as part of Gateway beautification

Relocation of palms continues as part of Gateway beautification
Posted on 12/19/2016

Crews working on the City’s Interstate 10 Gateway Entry Landscape Beautification Project will continue the relocation of five Washingtonia filifera palm trees within two corners of the project area on the northwest and northeast corners of Pearl Avenue and Orange Street. This project will complete relocation work that was started earlier this month.

Preparation for the tree relocation began today and will continue Tuesday, Dec. 20. The work is expected to be completed by Thursday, Dec. 22. The relocation activity will require traffic lane restrictions and partial lane closures along both Orange Street and Pearl Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to provide sufficient work space and on-site safety. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time or use an alternate route during this timeframe.

On July 31, 2015, the City Council approved a revised conceptual design for the I-10 Gateway Entry Landscape Beautification Project. The project consists of aesthetic improvements within the Caltrans right-of-way at the on and off ramps to Interstate 10 in downtown Redlands at Sixth Street, Orange Street and Eureka Street. Project improvements include drought tolerant vegetation, decorative sign structures, stem walls, stone veneered columns, wire mesh fencing, and orange crate style planter boxes.

The Gateway Entry Landscape Beautification Project is part of the City’s efforts to beautify and improve Historic Downtown Redlands. Recent enhancements have included beautification of the Gateway underpasses, including new paint and lighting as well as large murals depicting historic Redlands buildings and orange crate labels.

Other improvements include the Orange Street Alley Pedestrian Enhancement project, new planter features and stylistic bicycle racks on State Street and other downtown locations and new lighting in the downtown corridor.

The improvements are designed to enhance the City’s Historic Downtown, attract visitors, retain existing businesses and attract new ones.

Funding for this project comes from proceeds from the sale of the Palmetto Grove, which were designated for the care and maintenance of open space throughout the City. No General Funds will be expended for this project.

For more information, please contact the City of Redlands Quality of Life Department Customer Service line at (909) 798-7655.