State doesn’t plan to replace trees cut on N.C. 51
by Kara Lopp
Five oak trees along N.C. 51 in downtown Mint Hill – all estimated to be at least 100 years old – are being chopped down. And the N.C. Department of Transportation, who’s responsible for the trees, doesn’t have plans to replace them.
The trees all have dead limbs and bad root systems and have to come down for the safety of motorists and pedestrians along the state road, department spokeswoman Jen Thompson said. The first tree, in front of Mint Hill Village’s DA Salon, was gone by Saturday, Feb. 18, and traffic was restricted to one lane during the work. The four remaining trees to be cut down sit in front of a residential property between Angel’s Rest Day Spa and Upkeeper Corp. They’ve been tagged with green tape and work to remove them should begin soon.
“Some of (the trees) had dead limbs hanging that could fall on the sidewalk or into the road and damage a car, or injure someone,” Thompson said in an e-mail. “At this time, we don’t have plans to remove additional trees or replace what was taken down.”
The state has contracted with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. to do the removal work and crews also will trim limbs on another tree, marked with pink tape, near the entrance to the Mint Hill Village.
The NCDOT doesn’t “routinely monitor” trees along state roads, Thompson said, but is most often tipped off by citizens or state workers in the area.
To request tree care on local state roads, call 704-596-5782.