Decision comes down approving removal of Hwy 101 Eucalyptus trees

Removal of the Eucalyptus trees that separate Humboldt Bay and Highway 101 was approved Tuesday by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

The county's director of environmental services, Hank Seemann says the removal is necessary not just for the Humboldt Bay Trail but also for Caltrans improvements to the safety corridor.

"Caltrans has a condition on one of their coastal commission permits that the bay trail needs to be funded and have the right of way before the corridor improvement project can move forward," Seemann said.

The removal will consist of 40 percent of the southern section of trees along the highway. Seemann said the board came to the decision after an arborist the county hired determined the trees were a safety hazard.

Seemann said the improvement project has been in the works for 10 years. Caltrans's plans include proposing traffic signals, median closures, bridge replacements and more.

"They're separate but linked project and that's a really important safety project on the highway," Seemann said. "So we're still two to three years out from construction, but today was a big milestone."

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