Image courtesy Caltrans.

The following message was posted to Facebook this week by Caltrans District 1:

Soon we’ll be getting an in-depth look at the overall health and safety of the eucalyptus trees along the U.S. Highway 101 safety corridor between Eureka and Arcata. A contractor has been hired to oversee traffic control and bring in a third-party arborist to make the assessment.

The most important aspect of this is safety. We understand the trees were planted in the 1920s. We just want to make sure they’re holding up and reduce the chances of falling limbs hurting someone or worse. We’re hopeful a scientific look at the situation will help us optimize safety.

Beginning as early as Monday, October 7, a southbound shoulder closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The shoulder closure isn’t expected to have a significant impact on cyclists, pedestrians, or motorists.

Unrelated to this assessment, PG&E will soon be trimming limbs in the area for power line safety.

Stay tuned here for updates regarding the assessment and any determinations that are made.

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