Jasper County tree-cutting delayed until summer 2017

RIDGELAND, SC (AP) — The state Transportation Department has delayed the cutting down of trees along a dangerous stretch of Interstate 95 in Jasper County.

The Island Packet reports (http://bit.ly/2a5Da2U) that while DOT originally estimated work could begin this year, it’s now slated to begin at the end of next summer.

DOT traffic engineer Brett Harrelson says the plans are taking longer than anticipated.

Figures from the Office of Highway Safety show at least drivers have died in tree-related crashes since DOT first announced plans to remove trees along the interstate’s edges and median.

This tree-cutting project follows a controversial one that wrapped in September 2015 along I-26 in Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

Opposition to that plan resulted in control of the project being taken away from DOT and given to a local group.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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