Fairbanks DOT at Odd Over Landscaping

There's a disagreement on how a new downtown Fairbanks corridor should be landscaped.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- There's a disagreement on how a new downtown Fairbanks corridor should be landscaped.
The state is using concrete and grass in the medians of the new Illinois Street corridor, but the mayors of the city and Fairbanks North Star Borough requested trees be planted.
Steve Titus, the Department of Transportation's northern region director, said the contract calls for grass, not trees and shrubs, and that's what it will be. Besides, he says that the request came in too late.
The two-year project is scheduled to be completed Sept. 30, and the request for trees came on Aug. 21.
Fairbanks city Mayor Jerry Cleworth says they tried to negotiate with the state to assume responsibility for landscape maintenance. He says the state refused.