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Highland Avenue Residents Look At Plan To Remove Trees

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Photo of a tree marked to be cut down on Highland Avenue Photo of a tree marked to be cut down on Highland Avenue
Augusta, GA - It's a battle of safety versus shade in Augusta.

About two dozen Highland Avenue residents turned out Wednesday morning to hear the Augusta's plan to take down nine trees between Walton Way and Central Avenue.

As we first reported, the city is planning to put in a cross walk and officials say the trees not only block drivers' view, but are also unhealthy and need to come down.

That is something many in the area do not want to hear. "I think everyone is concerned about street safety, but really we are here because we want to save the trees. It seems like the initial petition was put together to add safety measures, but really they've turned around and looked to cut down all the trees on Highland and that's why we're all concerned," said Augusta resident Lauren Benson.

Augusta Traffic engineer Steve Cassell says the nine trees are hazards and need to be removed.

This removal comes on top of nine other trees on Highland that were chopped down last summer due to disease.
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