Residents living along Green Haze Avenue could lose upwards of 75 trees this summer when the Village of Mount Pleasant reconstructs their road.
The project is designed to address drainage and the crumbling pavement, a story in The Journal Times reads. When the $803,648 work is completed, Green Haze will be wider, a step that is expected to remove around 75 trees that are too close to the road.
Green Haze Avenue is located just west of Highway 31 and extends south of of Highway 38.
Resident Steve Johnson is upset with the scope of the work because he fears the lack of trees will take away the neighborhood’s character.
“It will now look like any other stripped bare, suburban neighborhood, where they’ve come in and stripped out all the trees, put down a street and built new homes,” he told the newspaper. “This is really changing the complexion of the street pretty significantly.”
But village Engineering Technician Steven Houte said road work of this scale would normally result in an even wider street, and plans have been altered to try and reduce the loss of trees, the story continues.
“We are trying to keep it as less disturbing as possible to the trees in the area,” he is quoted as saying.
Residents in the area are expected to meet with village officials this week to discuss the project.