ODOT Concludes US 20 Trees Project

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ODOT Concludes US 20 Trees Project


April 24, 2020              For more information: Peter Murphy, 541-388-6224



BEND– After getting the "green light" from researchers to proceed, ODOT is beginning the final phase of the US20 tree removal process.

Those trees were compromised by the herbicide Perspective and were felled to ensure public safety in the highway corridor.

Approximately 2,100 such trees within a 150 foot wide path on both sides of the highway were felled last year. Some were destined for use as wood products under guidance from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Others were cut and left in place to provide habitat for wildlife.

Researchers from OSU have determined that there is no harm in leaving the grindings from the stump removal in place so now ODOT is moving forward to grind out the stumps that were left from the felling project.  Grinding out the stumps will reduce the risk of vehicles who have left the road from striking the stump or snagging their undercarriage on the stump and rolling the vehicle.

Crews working to remove the stumps will begin their effort on the morning of Monday, April 27 and will continue for approximately at least six weeks.

Motorists can expect to see equipment and personnel in close vicinity to the highway and anticipate delays of no greater than 20 minutes.