The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about their plans to remove potentially unsafe trees from roadsides across the state. At this time, Caltrans is identifying and marking dead and dying trees that could impact safety for motorists on various state highways. There are an estimated 102 million dead trees that have died due to drought and bark beetle since 2010. Caltrans workers are traveling the roadsides and marking trees that are dead or dying in areas that would make a fallen tree hazardous to public safety.
Identifying Dangerous Trees
Where private property is concerned, they’re mailing out “permission to enter” forms to citizens who have dead or dying trees close to busy roadways. Tree removal will be provided at no cost to the property owners since it’s a public safety issue. The trees that could potentially create hazardous situations for roadway users need to be removed to ensure safe roadways. Sadly, the impact to trees by the drought and bark beetle has already been declared a State of Emergency in California. In addition to Caltrans, many other public safety agencies are taking part in the project to ensure these hazards are removed before they fall and create dangerous situations for the general public.
Tree Removal to Improve Roadway Safety
Currently, the Tree Mortality Task Force has removed or felled more than 640,000 dead trees in high-hazard areas. Caltrans has already removed 107,000 potentially dangerous trees near California highways. They expect to remove another 54,000 by next summer. Some of the most impacted counties are Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, Placer, Tulare, and Tuolumne.
Roadway Hazards and Car Accidents in San Diego
Ensuring roadways are free and clear of all hazards is an important part of highway safety. The last thing anybody needs is to navigate around a fallen tree or branches and other debris. Hopefully, this ongoing project will help to remove potentially dangerous hazards before they become a problem on California roadways.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a roadway hazard or fallen tree in or around California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.