Tree clearing has been pushed back to start on December 7 due to warm soil temperatures. All other project work has been completed.
Clearing trees along the highway is for safety and maintenance purposes. For safety considerations, the clearing opens up the clear zone – distancing the travelling public from trees in terms of collision potential. For maintenance, the clearing addresses seasonal shading that hinders the thawing of the highway, keeping ice and snow present longer. All trees being cleared are on state right of way.