GRAND RONDE–A contractor will be removing wind damaged trees next week that pose a threat to traffic along Highway 18 in the Van Duzer State Scenic Corridor between Grand Ronde and the coast. Tree removal work will run between April 29 and possibly as late as May 7th, milepost 16.5, 9-4 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12noon on Friday. Weather could also affect work days. During work hours the highway will be restricted to a single lane of travel at the location. Watch for flaggers. Expect 10-15 minute delays.
Approximately 60 trees on one acre will be removed. A wind event last winter left the trees leaning and the trees’ roots exposed. The so-called “root-sprung” trees pose a threat to the highway and motorists in the event of high winds. The trees will be sold to the timber contractor by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds will be invested back into state park natural resource projects and operations.