Tree Wells, Silva Cells, and Old Gas Tanks

Tree well installation images

Posted Friday, Sept. 8

The contractor continues to make progress on the north side of the corridor. The curb and gutter between Brooks Avenue and Gardner Street are nearing completion. Due to the heavy rain last Friday the driveway apron for the ManMur businesses and NC State’s Brooks Avenue parking lot were not able to be installed. However, they will be installed on Friday, September 8, and will reopen to vehicles on Monday morning, September 11.

On Friday, September 8, a team removed an old abandoned gas tank in front of J & J Auto from when it was a gas station. The removal of this tank allows a crew to resume the installation of storm drains between Dixie Trail and Brooks Avenue starting next week.

This week also saw the installation of tree wells between Brooks Avenue and Gardner Street. Tree well construction is more than digging a hole to plant the tree. This task includes installing Silva Cells, which provides room for tree roots to grow without disturbing the sidewalk and helps with the stormwater mitigation. The above pictures demonstrate the process involved in installing tree wells. Next week the team expects to complete the tree well construction between Brooks Avenue and Gardner Street and then another crew will install concrete curb for future tree grate installation.

On Tuesday, September 12, we will have our next Hillsborough Street Construction Update Meeting. The meeting will once again be held at East Village Grill & Bar at 2 p.m. Project Manager Richard Dickie will be on hand to go over details of north side construction activity and answer any questions residents and businesses owners may have.