Trees lay in piles as Rea Road widening project continues

Trees lay in piles as Rea Road widening project continues

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC CHARLOTTE

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 5:09 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One tree after another is knocked down for a major south Charlotte road project.  But are there any plans to replace them?
 
People who drive the stretch of Rea Road say it looks like something you might see in the aftermath of a major storm.

“It looks like Hurricane Katrina came through here. It is an unmitigated disaster,” said neighbor Brandon Faulkner.

(Click here to see photos of Rea Road construction)

Pile after pile of once vibrant trees is now chopped up as construction crews work to widen Rea Road.  The goal is to ease the traffic jams as commuters head into town.

City engineers say despite the fact that Charlotte is known as the city of trees, because this is a city project they don’t have to replace the trees.

But they will.  Just not all of them.

The construction should wrap up next summer and by next fall engineers say they’ll start work on the landscaping part of the project. There will likely be trees in the median and others planted as a buffer between the road and nearby homes.
 

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