Workers Tuesday morning began digging holes for the new trees that will line George Washington Way, culminating the summer-long improvement project that included delays, detours, and an occasional fender bender.
Julie Nelson, project engineer, says the maple, oak, and columnar pear trees represent the final phase of the $1.25 million project that started in June.
"We had underground utility work. We put fiber in and power sources to light the trees. We also came in and grounded and overlaid portions of the road and then did a full roadway overlay at the end."
The tree-planters have started in front of Richland City hall. Over the next three weeks, they will work their way down to Jadwin Avenue and then cross the street and work their way back up.
If you're driving in the area, watch for the orange cones.