Highway pruning may cause lane closures

Motorists on the highways through The City may run into gardeners doing some much-needed hedge-trimming.

The state Department of Transportation will prune or remove an estimated 1,500 eucalyptus, monterey pine and acacia trees in The City and three Bay Area counties.

In San Francisco, the removals and pruning will take place on both U.S. 101 and Interestate 280 and could result in occasional lane closures will crews work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. over the next 80 days, said Valerie Royo, a Caltrans spokeswoman.

“We're trying to prune or remove dead or diseased trees that may be safety hazards to motorists or the public passing by,” Royo said.

Most of the trees marked for work are infected diseases such as Pine Pitch Canker and Lerp Psyllid, a pest that feasts on sap from eucalyptus trees.

Royo did not know if crews were out this morning because of the weather but said the project would only require lane closures if the trees hung far enough out over the roads.

dsmith@examiner.com

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