More trees coming to median on 8th Ave NW

The drive down 8th Ave NW is about to get greener: the Seattle Department of Transportation is about to plant new trees in the missing spaces along the center median between NW 65th St and NW 85th St.

The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Division will carry out the work — they’ll be out planting between NW 65th and 75th Streets on Dec. 5 and 6, and will do the strip between NW 75th and 85th Streets on Dec. 12 and 13.

SDOT says there will be some no-parking signs on nearby streets, as crews will need to park trucks loaded up with trees and tools.

For more about SDOT’s tree planting program, click here. Any questions about the tree planting on 8th Ave NW can be directed to Sherry Graham from SDOT Urban Forestry at 206-615-1569 or via email at sherry.graham@seattle.gov.


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Kim Mulligan
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Kim Mulligan

Funny I was just thinking of this last night as I drove down 8th NW. Hopefully, they will water them in the summer too so they can get a good start. It was sad to see the trees dry up during our now dry summers.

ballard1919
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ballard1919

they should plant western or mediterranean trees not requiring irrigation.

Mary Jean Gilman
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Mary Jean Gilman

This is great news! Eighth is much improved over the way it once was, a dusty, featureless expanse of pavement. The maturing of these beautiful trees and their spring and fall color is so enjoyable. It will be lovely to have additions to them. I am curious to find out what kind they will be. If the City can’t water them, maybe some interested neighbors can help out.

Bobby
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Bobby

I hope the city can keep up with the maintenance of these islands. They can look good but they usually look so rough.

Nogoodhandle
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Nogoodhandle

Would be lovely to get a median and foliage south of 51st on 8th!

Watchdog
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Watchdog

This gets into maintaining turning radii for larger trucks. It’s an industrial area, not appropriate for prioritized street beautification.

Nogoodhandle
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Nogoodhandle

Good point. I live half a block east of 8th in that area, so I would welcome the beautification of it … But also 100% support Fremont Brewing and Reubens new brew facility, and their need for distributors to arrive and leave easily. Let’s have more of this industry of committed neighbors. But maybe folks in cars will slow down on streets with houses on them? It sucks how many people speed between Leary, 8th and 3rd.

Shelley Rousseau
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Shelley Rousseau

The medians have irrigation.

Pork Pie
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Pork Pie

Please please please put one of these down 24th from 56th to 65th. Think how beautiful that would be. Have cut throughs every two blocks for turns.

Greg
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Greg

These islands are irrigated and use battery operated timers. The big “IF” is whether the city installs new batteries in the spring.

ballard1919
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ballard1919

why do they bother irrigating these areas? there are a zillion species that would thrive there with no summer water. its a summer dry climate, a mediterranean climate. i bet you could even grow olive trees in that median.