Santa Rosa County has broken ground on the second phase of landscape beautification along Hwy. 90 in Pace. The limits of phase two extend from Woodbine Rd. west to the bridge at Bass Hole Cove. Work has begun to expand the existing irrigation system that was installed as part of phase one of the project. The expanded irrigation system will continue to rely on drip irrigation for safety and efficiency. Installation of plant material will likely begin in September. The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.Like phase one of the project, the additional landscape was designed to enhance the existing roadway and user experience, as well as establish a sense of place within the region. Notable features include a mixture of shrubs and perennials to provide a more dynamic landscape with seasonal interest with vitex and pink muhly grass used throughout. “I am excited to see these improvements get started," said Commissioner Sam Parker, District 1. "This will be an added benefit to our already amazing community. I want to thank county staff and the Florida Department of Transportation for making this vision become a reality.” Funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, this project continues the Hwy. 90 beautification efforts which began in 2018. A third phase, beautification of the medians between Jernigan Rd. and Bell Ln., is currently in design with construction planned in 2021. For more information, contact Jared Lowe, grants and special programs coordinator, 850-981-2017.
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