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City begins removing 'unhealthy' Highland Avenue oaks

Monday, July 22, 2013 5:17 PM
Last updated 7:23 PM
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Nine large 80-year-old oaks are being removed from the Highland Avenue right-of-way between Walton Way and Central Avenue because they’re a hazard, city officials said Monday.

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Jeff Barksdale (left) scoops up loose tree limbs as Jake Aames uses a blower after cutting down trees along Highland Avenue. Nine trees were slated to be cut down because of old age and disease.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Jeff Barksdale (left) scoops up loose tree limbs as Jake Aames uses a blower after cutting down trees along Highland Avenue. Nine trees were slated to be cut down because of old age and disease.

“They’re big, old trees,” city traffic engineer Steve Cassell said. “We found nine that just had to come down. They’re just too unhealthy.”

Dan Bauer of Arbor Equity said the city hired his company to remove the trees. Most are 60 feet tall, with canopies from 60 to 80 feet wide, he said.

Most residents became aware of the work when engineers tagged the trees last week or when city officials announced the road closure.

Highland homeowner Roggie Wilkes said she learned about trees being cut after the decision had been made.

“If I had had any problems with it, it was too late,” she said.

The work should be completed Tuesday.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/22/13 - 07:11 pm
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Hate to see it

that the trees have to go but the safety of the neighborhood and people traveling on Highland Avenue is of high importance I guess.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/22/13 - 07:45 pm
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I agree Truly. Every so often

I agree Truly. Every so often you hear of someone killed from a big falling limb during a thunderstorm or ice storm. It happened in Atlanta a couple of years back during the ice and snow.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/23/13 - 07:00 am
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Where are the tree huggers? Down in CBD?
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Where are the tree huggers? Down in CBD?

floridasun
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floridasun 07/23/13 - 07:45 am
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Dear City of Augusta Please Replace The Trees You Remove

I hope the city will replace the trees they have removed.
There was a million dollars in the last SPLOTS for trees so there should definitely be money available unless this money was reallocated to the TEE center
Trees along city streets make for a greener and more beautiful Augusta and after all isn't Augusta the garden city?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/23/13 - 10:34 am
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I hope each tree was

I hope each tree was carefully considered. I don't belive because an oak is old that it's necessarily dangerous.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/26/13 - 08:40 am
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Replenish

what has been cut down - by all means. AND don't forget to water them!

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