The land along U.S. 59 in Rosenberg may get spruced up in the coming months.

At the last Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members discussed landscaping concepts on the U.S. 59 corridor.

Last month, Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales met with city representatives, West Fort Bend Management District and the Texas Department of Transportation Landscape Architect to discuss landscaping opportunities along U.S. 59 between U.S. 99 and the Wharton County line.

According to City Manager John Maresh, TxDOT would pay for the landscaping and maintenance for a period of time.

“I’m, for one, OK with a few trees, but flowers are expensive to maintain,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “I don’t think we should start ripping out any concrete (to put landscaping in its place).

“Are y’all interested in adding a few trees along the freeway or going more elaborate? Keep in mind, it’s going to take money to do that.”

Council concurred that they don’t want the landscaping to look cluttered, and would not be amenable to tearing out concrete for this project.

Council member Tim Anders suggested adding bluebonnets along the freeway.

“I’m in favor of sprinkling in a couple of trees,” council member Jacob Balderas said. “I’m not in favor of a forest.

“None of the brush, none of these little trees that go up like twigs.”

Landscaping would be established along the freeway and at the following major intersections: Reading Road; FM 2218; SH 36; Bamore Road; Cottonwood Church Road; and Spur 10.

The first phase of the project would include the area between U.S. 99 to a location between FM 762 and Reading Road. The next phase of the project would extend south to Spur 10.

Maresh said this item will be brought back to council for formal approval.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Aug. 4.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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