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Tree-lined highway may be sight of the past

July 8, 2014

Residents of South St. Marys Street interested in planting trees in their front yards following the completion of the state Route 255 project are in for a challenging process.
PennDOT does not plan on replacing any trees cut down at the start of the highway project due to an array of challenges including the root system eventually interfering with newly-installed underground utilities.
A majority of the trees were situated on PennDOT's right-of-way that runs 50 feet from the center line of the road and extends up to the front porch of some homes.
"We have no plans of planting trees out there. That is for our liability. The wet leaves on the road, shade on the road and site distance," said Dean Ball, PennDOT SR 255 project designer. "All those trees that were in the driveways, people couldn't see past them. There's criteria we have to where you can't plant them."

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