Lianna C. Gasser
Construction along a stretch of I-20 has plowed over Texas' state flower, but Duncanville says the flowers will be back next year.
Workers hired by the city are piling up mulch, digging irrigation ditches and readying the land from the Cockrell Hill exit to the Hill City Drive exit for a major landscaping project.
But in the process, the bluebonnets that lined the highway have been cut down.
"I think it's a shame," resident Lucy Tyson said. "(It) seems like they could do something to preserve them for a little bit."
Nothing says Texas like bluebonnets in bloom.
"That's one of the first things I notice when I moved to Texas," Tyson said. "There were so many wildflowers around, especially the bluebonnets. I thought they were gorgeous."
The city said its plans to finish the project before the bluebonnets bloomed were derailed by the snowy winter.
But Duncanville spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said the flowers will definitely be back.
"We'll have 750 trees along this highway," she said. "We'll also have over a thousand plants, and that's not counting the bluebonnets and wildflowers."
If the bluebonnets don't return next year, the city says it will replace them.
"We also have -- one of our Duncanville residents who is on the park board has given us a bucket of seeds so that we can make sure that the bluebonnets come back next year," Lewis said.
The landscaping project is funded by a $95,000 beautification grant the city received from the state in 2008.
But the city said the eyesore now will be worth it next year.
"Then we'll appreciate it, I guess," Tyson said.
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