Selective tree removal to continue along
State Routes 16 and 37 in Granville Township
Jacksontown, Ohio (2, January, 2014) – Beginning January 8, the Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 and American Electric Power of Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, will resume a collaborative effort that began in October to remove trees from certain areas close to power lines and along State Routes 16 and 37 in Granville Township. Work will take place on State Route 16 between Silver Street and State Route 37 and on State Route 37 between US 40 and State Route 16.
The project, which began in October, is driven by the primary goal of reducing threats to traveller safety, road conditions, and power lines. Specifically, officials cite a number of tree-related concerns:
· Even healthy trees can be dangerous. In the past, trees that were presumably healthy have fallen onto roads for various reasons, in some cases harming drivers.
· Trees are obstacles. They pose threats to motorists involved in or trying to avoid collisions.
· Trees diminish visibility. They limit the sight distance for traffic ahead and also conceal wildlife, especially deer, attempting to cross the road. Additionally, low-lying foliage hinders mowing operations, which are not only important for visibility, but drainage and bank preservation as well.
· Drier roads are safer and last longer. Canopy cover inhibits the thawing of frozen roads or drying of wet roads, and over time such conditions increase the rate of road deterioration.
· During harsh storms at any time of year, trees and tree limbs can fall upon power lines and disrupt service for extended periods.
The work being done locally reflects similar collaboration between ODOT and AEP in many counties, especially in eastern, southeastern and southern Ohio, where thick forestation, hilly terrain, and loose shale beds manifest significant threats. Officials for both organizations emphasize that tree removal efforts target those areas that represent the greatest risk, and not a broad clear-cutting program. Generally, any tree removal will occur within 30 feet of the road’s center line, except where nearby power lines may require additional space.
“Working closely with AEP, we remain keenly focused on the issues of traveller safety and the preservation of both roads and power lines,” said Dave Ray, deputy director for ODOT’s District 5. “We understand and share the community’s appreciation for the landscape, and that’s why we are being selective about tree removal. As our efforts continue, we will seek solutions that reasonably take concerns into mind as we meet our goals for safety.”
ODOT and AEP crews intend to complete the work in a timely manner, as conditions and other obligations permit. Work progress may be impacted by weather, however, as ODOT crews must make snow and ice prevention a priority through winter months.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For additional information, please contact:
Paul Pegher, Public Information Officer, at (740) 877-3376 or
Lauren Holdsworth, Public Information Officer, at (740) 323-5204
or email D05.PIO@dot.state.oh.us