March 10, 2014
Staunton city sidewalks are being destroyed by trees. The roots from some trees at the Wharf are breaking through the brick because of poor planning when they were planted several years ago.
The city says it’s actually a hazard for pedestrians. To try to fix the problem they're going to take out as many as two trees and create larger mulch beds. They say just cutting the roots out isn't an option.
"When you take out one large structural root in a tree that can take anywhere from a quarter to a third of that trees root system and that just opens us up to another liability: the possibility that the tree could fall," says horticulturalist Matthew Sensabaugh."
The city says it will be meeting with business owners to discuss the plan in January.