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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Crews removing damaged tree on Oglethorpe Avenue today

For Immediate Release
Date: August 22, 2017

All Care Tree company will be removing a Live Oak tree on W. Oglethorpe Ave. today beginning at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, August 3 the City sent a Notice of Violation to Dustcom Limited, Inc. On July 18 Dustcom was tying in a water line for a new restaurant at 12 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Construction crews dug a hole in the median without notifying the City and violated the project’s right-of-way permit. The hole was dug too close to the tree and the excavation severely damaged the tree’s root system, including the structural root.

The City issued a stop-work order and assessed the condition of the tree. The City also requested a third-party assessment from a private arborist. City arborists and the private arborist all concluded that the root system was damaged to such an extent that the tree could not be saved, and recommended removing the tree for public safety reasons.

The tree is more than 100 years old and stands 47 feet tall.

Westbound Oglethorpe Ave. will be closed between Bull St. and Whitaker St. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today for the emergency tree removal. Traffic will be detoured north on Bull St. to State St. and south on Whitaker St., back to Oglethorpe Ave.

For more information about why the tree is coming down please click here.

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