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What we are doing: In the Metro Detroit Region, erosion on steep slopes adjacent to the interstate is a serious
maintenance, safety and aesthetic issue. Currently, the standard treatment for covering slopes is seeding.
While, seeding can be a solution to some erosion problems, it is presenting many challenges as well.
The goal of this project is to demonstrate an alternative to turf as a solution for slope stabilization.
The $122 million reconstruction of M-10 gives us the opportunity to demonstrate and introduce these alternatives.
On M-10 between the Evergreen Road and Ten Mile Road bridge span, the Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $200,000 in this pilot planting project in an effort to fulfill these main objectives:
- Find attractive alternative plants that will flourish in harsh urban conditions and will create interest and beauty for the traveler as well as the adjacent residents and businesses.
- Alleviate and reduce the safety and financial concerns associated with mowing steep slopes as well as the environmental damage and increased soil sedimentation and runoff due to bare soils.
- Provide alternative treatments to existing slopes that can be used in other situations around the metro area.
- Reduce maintenance costs associated with mowing, and redirect costs to address other maintenance requirements.