Joan Morris 703-259-1799
Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779
Sept. 18, 2012
TWO TREES AT CORNER OF GEORGETOWN PIKE AND WALKER ROAD WILL BE REMOVED NEXT MONTH
Inspection reveals decay
GREAT FALLS—Beginning Oct. 1, the Virginia Department of Transportation will remove the two White Oak trees at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road in Great Falls, and about 300 feet from the Oak tree that fell onto a car in July, killing a motorist. Both trees are located within VDOT right of way. The two trees are in addition to the 59 dead or dying trees VDOT removed last month on several roads in Great Falls.
The work will take about three days to complete and cost $10,000. Pittman’s Tree and Landscaping of Front Royal is the contractor. One lane on Walker Road and Georgetown Pike will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
A consultant arborist for VDOT, Trees Please of Haymarket, VA., conducted a risk assessment on the trees and recommended their removal.
While both trees have significant decay, the tree closest to the intersection (tree #2 in photo) has a greater risk of falling due to open wounds and obvious decay involving about half of its base. The report notes that “once enough of the tree is compromised the tree will collapse.”
The other tree (tree #1 in photo) is a moderate risk for failure and while it could live for a few years, it has expanding decay pockets, dead branches in its crown and evidence of bark beetle, all indications of decline. Moreover, once the tree closest to the intersection is removed, it will be exposed to westerly winds increasing the chance for to be uprooted or broken by high winds.
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