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 work is ongoing to revitalize the landscaping between Spring Road and Los Angeles Avenue.
Landscaping work is currently being conducted in the three center median islands on Tierra Rejada Road south of Los Angeles Avenue. The work includes the removal of five pine trees (three diseased trees and two trees causing irreversible street damage). Approximately 20 new drought tolerant trees will be planted in the medians, as well as various native and drought tolerant plants – all supported by new waterwise irrigation. The final look will match the newly installed landscaping on Tierra Rejada Road south of Arroyo Simi.
All work will be conducted on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Construction is scheduled to finish in early October.
For the safety of the workers, one traffic lane will be closed in both directions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in work areas. Additionally, one left-turn lane from westbound Los Angeles Avenue to southbound Tierra Rejada Road will be closed intermittently during work hours. Residents are cautioned to drive with care and watch for traffic control and construction crews.
Project Background & Progress to Date
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 demanded high water usage and was incompatible with site conditions in some areas. In recent years the landscaping along this corridor started 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 third phase of the Tierra Rejada streetscape revitalization began in December of 2018 to install the new landscaping and waterwise irrigation system in the parkways and center median islands on Tierra Rejada Road between Spring Road and Arroyo Simi. Work on this phase concluded in April of 2019.
The final phase of this project will extend the new drought-tolerant landscaping and waterwise irrigation system north of Arroyo Simi to Los Angeles Avenue. Due to the proximity of this project area to Los Angeles Avenue (SR 118), progress was delayed while the proper CalTrans permits were acquired. Work on this phase began in September and is expected to be completed in early October 2019 (see above).
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.