TxDOT’s Green Ribbon program planted hardy native and adapted trees at interchanges in our area, including 183/Purnell, 183/I-35, and I-35/Rundberg.
The Green Ribbon program is designed to improve air quality. The funding is based on 0.5% of TxDOT’s construction money, and is targeted to “near non-attainment” counties like Travis. (These are areas very close to exceeding federal air pollution standards, which could trigger requirements like additional vehicle emission inspections or limits on construction.)
The air quality improvement is especially important to us, since so much of our residential is so close to major highways. I-35 and 183 carry more than 300,000 vehicles a day along our neighborhood.
The trees will receive supplemental watering for two years, until they are established.