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Traffic Q&A: Why the beauty bark along SR 16?

From reporter Mike Archbold

Question: State Route 16 users may have been wondering about a landscaping project that’s been happening over the past month or so. Eric Dooley of Gig Harbor wrote in questioning the project:

“Is anyone else troubled that during a recession they are putting beauty bark on the side hills of Hwy 16 between 6th Ave and 19th?” he asked in an e-mail. “Is there no better way to spend money during economic hard times?”

Among others scratching their heads was state Rep. Larry Seaquist of Gig Harbor who asked the Washington State Department of Transportation why it was spreading mulch on the roadside along SR 16, an area that was hydro-seeded just three years ago.
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