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ODOT: Removing trees saves roads

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So have you seen the crews along the side of the highway - the ones who are aggressively tearing down tree after tree?  Or maybe you have seen the aftermath.  

It's one thing to just cut the grass off the sides of the highway in the summer but ODOT is taking out larges spaces of trees and all other vegetation.  In many areas entire hillsides are wiped clean off standing trees.  It turns out it's not just for looks.  It's an effort to keep the sun shining on the highway at all times to keep it dry.

"During snow and ice season when the snow is hitting the pavement opposed to just hitting the trees and the road stays shaded, it helps the snow and ice chemicals work faster, helps the road dry faster and that prolongs the roadway life quite a bit more," said ODOT Dist. 4 spokesperson, Justin Chesnic.

Tall trees often block the sun from hitting the roads.  And even in freezing temperatures, the sun can melt snow on pavement pretty quickly.

Cutting off the vegetation also makes a difference in stopping the creation of potholes.

"When you kind of get that freeze-thaw cycle with warm days and cold evenings, the worst thing for the road is precipitation and water. It gets into the cracks and freezes and it creates those potholes so if we can prevent that even more so that is a good thing," added Chesnic.

So cutting trees can not only be cost effective for ODOT in the long run, dry roads will always be safer for motorists

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