Thousands of daffodil bulbs rescued from ICC right of way
Organizer wants to hold second dig
Olney-area residents recently recovered some 4,000 daffodil bulbs from the Intercounty Connector construction site on Georgia Avenue in Olney.
Roy Peck, treasurer of the Greater Olney Civic Association, spearheaded the project.
Peck approached the State Highway Administration (SHA) last year, suggesting the bulbs be harvested and replanted elsewhere in the community.
"It sounded like a nice idea," said Fran Counihan, ICC spokeswoman.
After several dates were set, all of which were cancelled because of inclement weather, the daffodil bulbs were recovered from the Georgia Avenue right of way, a short distance north of Norbeck Road, on the morning of Oct. 3, she said.
Peck was unable to attend the dig, but said 16 people harvested the bulbs, which will be planted around the community.
The contractor for the first phase of the ICC, Intercounty Constructors of Rockville, provided safety gear, Counihan said.
Peck's original plan was to have Scouts and high school students dig up the bulbs and replant them as a community service project, but the SHA said no one under age 18 could participate, he said.
SHA officials have cited safety.
Peck estimates the number of bulbs harvested represents a small portion of the daffodils and would like to see the SHA schedule another dig after traffic is diverted onto the new bridge, away from the berm where the daffodils are located. A bridge, now being built, will carry Georgia Avenue traffic over the ICC as it crosses the busy roadway.
The switch is expected to occur later this fall.
Counihan said no other bulb-digging activities are planned. "We were happy to it and glad it worked out, but it was difficult to schedule around the weather," she said.