Trees Mixing Well With Streets In Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Cities Adding Trees To Street Projects...

Posted: March 29, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO SAMANTHA BAKER • @NWASAMANTHA Motorists drive Friday along Don Tyson Parkway in Springdale. Cities across Northwest Arkansas have been including landscaping as a part of road improvement.

Benefits ranging from traffic control to cooling air are among the reasons some street projects are including trees along right of way, officials said.

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Tree Benefits

• Reduced traffic speeds

• Creates a safer walking environment

• Separates vehicles from pedestrians, buildings

• Increased security

• Improved business

• Less drainage infrastructure

• Protection from sun, heat and rain

• Reduced harm from tailpipe emissions

• Quicker transformation of pollutants to natural gasses

• Lower urban air temperature

• Lower ozone

• Makes a more pleasing environment

• Softens and screens street features

• Reduces stress

• Adds value to adjacent property

• Longer pavement life

• Provides connection to nature in urban setting

Source: Walkable And Livable Communities Institute

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