Planners develop detailed designs
for median landscapes
The New Dixie Highway Project will do more than simply add needed safety and efficiency improvements along the 15-mile corridor. Project designers gave a great deal of consideration to beautifying the highway through a variety of grasses, plants, trees and colorful pavers in medians and sidewalks along Dixie Highway, creating a visually appealing corridor for all drivers, pedestrians and transit users to enjoy.
The state’s first Bus Rapid Transit line will create more efficient bus travel and add 37 new stations and stops along Dixie Highway and downtown. Each of these bus stops will include distinctive landscape treatments and decorative paving materials to both set apart the stops and to craft a distinctive “look” for Dixie Highway.
Slender trees, planted in grates on either side of the bus stops, will complement the Rapid Transit line’s updated look. Colorful pavers, installed between the road and the sidewalk, will add a visual separation for drivers and pedestrians. These landscaping treatments will help raise driver awareness around the stops, to help protect pedestrians. All Rapid Transit stops will include a vertical marker, which will designate the stop as part of the Rapid Transit system and will include real-time bus arrival information.
Much of Dixie Highway will see new medians in the middle of the road to control turns. In areas where wide medians are used (at least four feet across), grass will cover most of the median, with the ends planted with short ornamental grasses and shrubs.
The New Dixie Highway project team is also working to ensure that any grasses or plants will be properly maintained and trimmed.