Tierra Rejada Road
Tierra Rejada Road Streetscape Revitalization
The City of Moorpark is committed to maintaining the natural beauty of its public spaces through sustainable landscape design that conserves natural resources. The latest example is along Tierra Rejada Road, where plans are underway to revitalize the landscaping between Spring Road and Courtney Lane.
When the original landscape concept for Tierra Rejada Road was developed over 30 years ago, it envisioned a woodland meadow, with large evergreens, deciduous shade trees and green meadows. While this vision created an enjoyable streetscape, it also resulted in a landscape that demands high water usage and is incompatible with site conditions in some areas. Today the landscaping along this corridor is showing its age, with several tree species in decline and many areas in need of renovation.
The first phase of the Tierra Rejada Road streetscape revitalization was completed in the spring of 2017 with the renovation of a short section of Tierra Rejada Road beginning at Mountain Meadow Drive and extending east approximately 700 feet. This initial project area gave both the City Council and the community a chance to view the redesigned landscaping that has been selected for the Tierra Rejada Road corridor. This landscape design includes a varied mix of California native and drought tolerant plant species that are adapted to the soils and climate of Moorpark. To further reduce water use, and enhance the long-term viability of the streetscape, water saving technologies such as point irrigation and drip irrigation systems are incorporated in the design.
The second phase of work on the Tierra Rejada Road streetscape revitalization was conducted in the spring of 2018 to prepare the center medians for installation of the new landscaping and irrigation. Additionally, a supplemental drip irrigation system was installed to support the coast redwood trees along Tierra Rejada Road. Many of the coast redwoods have been infected with a fungal disease called Sequoia Canker. The supplemental irrigation system is designed to help improve the overall health of the trees.
The final phase of the Tierra Rejada streetscape revitalization is scheduled to begin the week of December 3, 2018. During this phase the new landscaping and waterwise irrigation systems will be installed along the parkways and center median islands on Tierra Rejada Road. Work will begin near the Arroyo Simi and move east along Tierra Rejada Road to Spring Road over the next few months. Work is expected to conclude in March, 2019.
For the safety of the workers, one traffic lane may be closed in both directions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in work areas. Residents are cautioned to drive with care and watch for traffic control and construction crews. All work will be conducted on weekdays.
The intent of the project, when complete, is for the Tierra Rejada corridor to exhibit a beautiful, sustainable landscape that complements the mountain and foothill regions of southern California, while requiring up to 50% less water for irrigation.