Opinion: Highway landscaping needs fixing

It’s pretty embarrassing to be honest, looks very cheap, and certainly doesn’t improve Prince George’s aesthetics (nor his reputation).

Hello Minister Fleming, I am writing about the poor state of the landscaping along Highway 97 in the city of Prince George. I see it is mowed regularly, which is good, but the condition of the bushes and trees along the section between the intersection of Highway 16/97 and the John Hart Bridge is terrible.

Some of the intersections (15th and 5th) seem to have received some kind of landscaping (there seem to be old garden beds etc) maybe 20 years ago, but they are now completely overgrown. It’s pretty embarrassing to be honest, looks very cheap, and certainly doesn’t improve Prince George’s aesthetics (nor his reputation). If you drive through PG somewhere on the way, it certainly doesn’t seem a very welcoming community, which is disappointing because the city has some nice sides … if you just leave the motorway.

The trees along this stretch of the highway also look sad. There aren’t many, they’re not in any order, and they don’t seem particularly healthy. I look at the wonderful trees along the CNC campus as an example of what could be placed along the highway. One can also check out the Town of Smithers landscaping for Highway 16. Taylor has better trees along the highway than Prince George. The motorway through Quesnel is also a good example. As another example, some companies are taking care of the facade along Highway 16 (especially the car dealerships).

As far as I know, there is likely some overlap in jurisdiction between the Department of Transportation and the City of Prince George. There are utilities to keep in mind as well, but I’m sure something could be worked out for the benefit of everyone. I think we can all agree that any improvement is better than the shoddy hodgepodge people are seeing now.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to improvements.

Jeff Morton

Prince George

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