Event attendees come together to plant the final tree. Nearly 7,500 new trees were planted over the course of the restoration, benefiting the local environment and community.
On November 15, 2013, 95 Express Lanes project partners hosted a ribbon cutting and tree planting ceremony marking the completion of the Swan’s Creek Stream Restoration Project.
Before and after displays of the Swan’s Creek stream restoration project. Swan’s creek was once deemed “the worst stream in the county” by Prince William officials as it was badly eroding and pulling large, mature trees from the banks into the stream channel. Thanks to the stream restoration effort that began in January 2013, the stream is now feeding higher-quality water into the region’s waterways.
Susan Shaw, regional transportation director, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), provides an overview of the Swan’s Creek stream restoration effort – the largest stream restoration project ever completed in Prince William County.
Prince William Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan discusses the diligent work that went into the restoration project. For nearly a year, crews mobilized on the stream area to clear vegetation, re-grade the slopes and install nearly 90 stream structures.
Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart emphasizes that for the next five years, the stream will be maintained and monitored to ensure it remains an asset for generations to come.
Helen Cuervo, Northern Virginia district administrator, Virginia Department of Transportation, highlights the efforts of all the partners on the 95 Express Lanes project. With the restoration project now complete, the Southbridge Community and Prince William County are able to enjoy a newly restored stream.
Kevin Ginnerty, Director of Project Delivery at Transurban, notes that the Swan’s Creek restoration effort is an example of public and private partners working together on a major transportation improvement project to deliver environmental benefits to a local community.
The Governor of Virginia, event speakers, Prince William County officials, 95 Express Lanes project officials and residents from the nearby Southbridge Community prepare to cut the ribbon, marking the completion of the stream and tree restoration effort.