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STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION REMOVES DECAYING ELM TREES ALONG MD 355 IN CHEVY CHASE FOR SAFETY

Weather Permitting, Tree Removal Will Begin This Week

(September 4, 2012) – This week, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin removal of five large elm trees along MD 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) from Norwood Drive to Cumberland Avenue in Chevy Chase. Weather permitting, the tree removal will begin on Wednesday, September 5 and be complete no later than Friday, September 7.

SHA’s recent evaluation of the trees resulted in this decision to remove them. Many have large branches hanging over the roadway close to traffic and have been struck numerous times by vehicles, creating a public safety risk for motorists and pedestrians.  In addition to presenting a safety hazard, the evaluation revealed extensive damage to the elms caused by vehicle crashes and marked their close proximity to power lines. (See photo below).

SHA will close a lane along northbound MD 355 between Norwood Drive and Cumberland Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be maintained at all times throughout the work zone. SHA will use construction barrels, cones and signage to direct pedestrians to the safest possible crossings during the tree removal.

As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.

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Wisconsin Avenue Hazardous Tree Removal
 
 
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