SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah will be taking down three live oak trees on East Victory Drive near Waters Avenue Tuesday morning.
One eastbound lane of E. Victory Drive will be blocked off from Paulsen Street to Waters Avenue (by Daffin Park) for a few hours beginning at 9 a.m. due to the tree removals.
The decision to remove the trees was made after city arborists determined the trees pose a higher risk of danger to the public after a recent inspection. Blessed Sacrament School had been working closely with the City of Savannah during a renovation project to preserve the trees throughout the construction. After the demolition of a parking lot, the arborists found there were not enough remaining roots to support the trees, and the City does not feel comfortable leaving the trees in place.
The City says, "Besides the issue with the root systems, the tree closest to Waters Avenue has been pruned back for many years to keep it off nearby utilities and traffic signals. The middle tree has been showing signs of decline for the last few years, so the removal of these two trees would be anticipated in the near future."
The trees will be replaced by mid-February with new Live Oak trees. One eastbound lane of E. Victory Drive will be blocked off tomorrow from Palusen to Waters Avenue for a few hours beginning at 9 a.m.