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New trees planted along Veterans Parkway

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -

Out with the dead and in with the new. The replacement of 37 trees along Veterans Parkway is almost complete. 

Mary Heisey, owner of Ruth Ann's Restaurant along Veterans Parkway, said, "I'm hoping that the new trees will have lots of leaves and that there will be a nice appearance going all the way down the street with a tree lined avenue."

In 2009, The Veterans Parkway streetscape project began.

"We've been trying to be optimistic and patient and it's been a long road," explained Heisey.

The cost of the project was $3 million. Most of that came from stimulus money and included new traffic lights, intersection crosswalks, curbs, and the trees.

In the summer of 2011, oaks were planted along each side of Veterans Parkway, from 13th Street to the Civic Center.

"The others just didn't make it.  They were planted in the summer," explained John Ford, the Senior VP of Best Landscaping.

He said even though they were watered, the trees could not handle the extremely hot summer. 

Best Landscaping is working with the contractor, McMath-Turner, to replace the dead trees and say they have a plan for watering.  "Once they get rooted in we can stop our watering process. Hopefully mother nature will take care of it," said Ford.

The replanting is not costing tax payers any more money. The replacement fell on the contractor.

Ford said they should finish up on Monday and traffic on Veterans will return to normal.

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