An Answer to the Mystery of the 10,000 Trees …

Dear Editor,
With the recent tree inquiries in relation to the Santa Teresa
Boulevard Widening Project, I feel it would be appropriate to
clarify the confusion on the number of trees being planted.
Dear Editor,

With the recent tree inquiries in relation to the Santa Teresa Boulevard Widening Project, I feel it would be appropriate to clarify the confusion on the number of trees being planted. In fact there are 10,334 trees, shrubs, and vines, thus not including the thousands of square feet of ground cover on the project. Yes, I can agree with everyone that 10,000 oak trees in 1.3 miles is not feasible. Furthermore, Dispatch reporter Stephanie Condon, did a wonderful and accurate job reporting based of the information that she had at the time. On a daily basis, I use the projects detailed item quantities for the numerous inquires such as Santa Teresa installed over 1,122,137.50 square feet of new “soundwall.”

During the history of the project, the magnitude of the public outreach in coordination of road closures, three major planned traffic shifts, etc., I cannot begin to express my “huge thanks” to the Gilroy Dispatch for their outstanding proactive assistance in getting the word out to the public. Yes indeed, my own public outreach efforts on Santa Teresa made me City of Gilroy’s employee of the year, however the Dispatch has been instrumental in the public outreach efforts.

If there are any questions, comments, concerns, or want to be added to my “Fast Facts” distribution email list for updates of upcoming dates, send me an email at: [email protected] I can also be reached at the engineering division at 846-0450.

Steve Beams, City of Gilroy Engineering Inspector

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