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Valley View Median Restoration Currently Underway

Post Date:10/19/2018 1:36 pm
You may have noticed that work is currently underway to restore the landscaping on the Valley View median. As you may recall, in 2014 Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency and the State Water Resources Control Board implemented several regulations aimed to conserve water, including the prohibition of watering of turf in public street medians. As a result, the appearance of the city street medians in Cypress deteriorated with the grass turning brown and eventually dying out. Last summer, the City Council began the process to improve the Valley View medians by engaging a designer to provide a plan to replace the dead grass with new drought-tolerant plants and landscape elements, while also incorporating the existing landscape that continues to thrive along the Valley View corridor. The City Council approved the conceptual landscape design in late 2017, and awarded a contract in May 2018 for the construction of the project.

The Valley View Median Restoration Project is a 2.7-mile-long project that will restore the landscaped medians and parkways from the south city limits to Lincoln Avenue. The project will incorporate drought-tolerant and native plants, a cohesive landscape aesthetic, and drip irrigation systems. Work on this project began in August and is expected to be completed by the end of December. This project does require intermittent lane closures adjacent to the median along Valley View. However, the City has worked hard to minimize the inconvenience to motorists during the construction of this project, with work being scheduled to begin after morning traffic and end prior to evening commute hours. Following the completion of the project, the contractor is required
to maintain all landscaping for a minimum of 90 days to ensure proper plant establishment.

For questions about the Valley View Median Restoration Project, or for more information about other City capital improvement projects, please contact the Community Development department at (714) 229-6740.
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