Currently in the final design and bidding phase, Eye 380 is excited about the potential creation of a new style of roadside plantings. Becki Lynch of Eye 380 has created a design called “Rolling Pollinator Habitat.”
The new 6.6 acre site is located on an embankment on the west side of I-380 just north of 32nd Street NE. Initial work is scheduled to begin this fall with spot spraying for thistles and other invasive plants. Follow-up weed removal is scheduled for the spring and summer of 2020, with the tree planting planned for mid-October 2020. north of the 32nd Street NE exit.
The background will feature the native “Pollinator Habitat Zone” seed mix featured in the city’s 1,000 Acre Pollinator Zone plan. Flags of native Black-Eyed Susans will flow from a core “Eye” area of “Prairifire” crabapple trees. Lynch said it will take 2 to 3 years for the site to take shape.
It will be the sixth site developed by Eye 380, a non-profit citizen group whose sole mission is to upgrade the landscape along Interstate 380 in the Cedar Rapids-Hiawatha area.
Funding for the project is expected to come from the grant program offered through the Iowa Department of Transportation, and managed by the City of Cedar Rapids. Eye 380 will be responsible for the site’s maintenance after 2023. The IDOT program has also been used to launch five other projects: at Boyson Road interchange in Hiawatha: Highway 30 interchange: two south of the Wilson Ave. SW interchange: and one near Cedar Lake. All projects are maintained by Eye 380 through contributions from the public and businesses.