Annapolis trees get new home

Crews transplant myrtles during road project

March 28, 2004|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A truck rolls onto the median of Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis, flattening tiny purple crocuses, tulip leaves and weeds. Machinery at the rear of the truck plunges four blades into the soil and emerges with a 1 1/2 -story-tall tree before driving away.

One by one, 57 trees are leaving town, being taken a few miles away to a median on Route 450 just outside the city. There, they are being replanted.

The $24,900 tree relocation, which began last week and is expected to be finished Tuesday, is the first phase of $33 million in bridge repairs expected to be completed in summer 2006.

The span of Rowe Boulevard over Weems Creek is being replaced, and the bridge over College Creek will be redecked and improved - which means the median will be ripped up soon.

Fresh landscaping - a similar array of ornamental trees with bulbs, perennials and ground covers - will provide finishing touches to the new spans.

Friday was moving day for the median's crape myrtles.

On Friday, crews from Ace Tree Movers of Gaithersburg drove 50,000-pound trucks onto the Rowe Boulevard median.

Standing by a tree, Jose Quinteros helped a driver position a truck so that a hydraulic spade would line up. Quinteros pulled the spade's teeth around the tree. Then operator David Shaver took over, working levers on the side of the truck to sink the blades into the ground.

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