'More aggressive' tree trimming raise...

'More aggressive' tree trimming raises ire

There are 31 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 4, 2009, titled 'More aggressive' tree trimming raises ire. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Q: Can you investigate why someone removed just about all the trees and bushes along Route 33 north near Hecktown Road last year? Shouldn't we be adding more trees and bushes to help the environment in multiple ways, instead of cutting them all down? Debbie Eshbach Bethlehem Township A: Indeed we should, Debbie, in the Warrior's view.

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LMT Rules

Macungie, PA

#21 May 4, 2009
Where's Hinkle when you need him

Richmond, IN

#22 May 4, 2009
It is amazing that in todays day and age with all of the education about proper landscaping that this is occuring. I believe that PennDOT would spray the entire State with weed killer if you let them. PennDOT officials should be embarrassed about this un-educated procedure.
Head in the Trees

Bethlehem, PA

#23 May 4, 2009
This is all fancy-schmancy talk of saving the trees but you folks seem to be forgetting one thing.
New plantings will replace the old, im sure, and we'll have a much better road, I hope. I just wish they would be ripping the road up and replacing it right now not messing with the trees - that road gets congested EVERY SINGLE DAY! I dont care for what they've done to that section of highway however and think it is better with the trees there... atleast paint it green or something or throw indoor-outdoor carpet over it all :)

Bethlehem, PA

#24 May 4, 2009
Penn dot subs it out to illegals,
Nobody understands English they just hack away.

Since: Jan 09

Allentown, PA

#25 May 4, 2009
Flavious_Maximus wrote:
To all you tree hugging misanthropes, I have only one thing to say...
25 years on a chain gang (planting trees) would be just about right for you Limboid/Reaganoids.
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#26 May 5, 2009
More constructively: Does PennDOT or its contractor have anyone who is a certified arborist or forester on site supervising this work ? Or just general road maintenance guys ?

I drove WB 22 this morning from 15th St. to 309. It's clear that the trimming ended about 100 yds. before the Roth Ave./ 19th St. overpass. The big dead tree I had in mind is just before the Whitehall Ave. overpass.

My concern is that PennDOT is going to do a couple miles 100 %- and lots of miles won't get any attention at all. Just in that stretch I could see several trees seriously overhanging the road, which should be on the top of the removal list - not trees that are 50 and 60 ft. up the slope and solid and not an imminent threat. That's why I question the qualifications and judgment of whoever is ordering and supervising this work.
Raging Imam

Harrisburg, PA

#27 May 5, 2009
Now they give this buffoon hartzell a blog. Does he even know how to use a computer? Get rid of this fossil. Why hartzell was not sent packing last week with everyone else I do not know. The guy is lazy. It is obvious in his RW articles that someone else does most of his work. Probably the folks at penndot and the local governments do it for him. Besides that I met the guy one time at a local meeting and he has horrible breath!
Richard Christie

Allentown, PA

#28 May 5, 2009
Can't they just put up some plastic ones?

Bethlehem, PA

#29 May 5, 2009
Matt wrote:
Pensylvania has worse roads than many developing countries..not to mention their inability to clear the snow off of them during the winter.. Yea, I'm jaded, but lets see which PennDot official's brother-in-law owns a tree-trimmming company..
It's obvious that you do not travel that often but gripe a great deal. The roads in this section of Pa. are good compared to many other states that I have driven. As far as the snow plowing, I suspect the directives come from the Gov. of Pa. and his out to save every dime he can. PennDot's work force has really diminished and the hiring freeze continues even though the state announced that PennDot will receive 3 billion dollars this season-a record budget with a very small work force. Looks like many consultants and contractors will be reaping the bucks from the stimulous packages. With regard to the tree trimming on SR22, that section will probasbly be the first to be revised or re-designed in the near future. Then you'll be griping about the construction work zones slowing you down.
Mad Mack

Bethlehem, PA

#30 May 5, 2009
West End Resident wrote:
PennDONT's policy sounds good - except it displays an utter lack of judgment, common sense, and prioritization. They obliterate 100 % of the trees in the area where they're working that day - such as the photo just west of the Rt. 145 interchange. However, on the opposite (south) side of Route 22, and about 2 miles further west - on each side of the Cedar Crest Blvd. interchange (and there's a really noticeable dead one on the northern side there)- and then farther out at the Rt. 309 and Turnpike interchanges by the LV Racquet & Fitness Club - there's still lots of tall trees left to fall on the roadway.
It makes no sense to spend all that money and effort in just one area, and leave other areas with worse problems untouched. It would be better to move around more and get more of the really hazardous and likely-to-fall trees all over, than just concentrating on one area. But that would require using sound judgment and discretion - qualities that that are in all too short supply at PennDONT.
Oh, yeah - now that the treesa re gone, what is pennDOT going to do to control the soil erosion and sedimaentation control on that steep slope just west of Rt. 145 ? Or will we be seeing mudslides onto the roadway there instead ? Just wondering ...
Gripe, gripe gripe! Perhaps another contractor is scheduled to work in the areas!?!
Michael John

Wilmington, DE

#31 May 6, 2009
The enviroment should be protected.But trees or any type of vegetation near a highway should be REMOVED. Common sense is needed here. This can be a driving nightmare if branches fall onto a road.

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