Hwy. 12 trees get one-week reprieve

As part of the preparation for the Highway 12 sidewalk and streetlight project that’s expected to go out to bid the first part of March, a sizeable number of trees are going to be felled.

And that’s got some Springs residents riled.

According to Tom O’Kane, the county’s deputy director of Public Works, there are 31 trees that are six-inches around or bigger – including 20 oaks and a 72-inch eucalyptus – along with about 45 smaller trees and shrubs that will be removed.

But the trees won’t be felled this week, as originally planned. First District Supervisor Susan Gorin said she’s talked with O’Kane and had him talk to the contractors and the trees won’t come down until next week. She’s going to meet with O’Kane and take a walk through the affected area with him along the Highway 12 corridor. And Gorin said the discussion will also include opportunities for tree replanting along the corridor.

The trees in question are north of Boyes Boulevard to Agua Caliente Road.

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