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West Chester Pike including the median is a state highway under the control and jurisdiction of PennDOT.
The widening, which is being funded by the developer and undertaken under the direction of PennDOT will result in damage to the roots of the trees in the median creating hazardous conditions for motorists from the weakened root structure and the potential for the trees to fall over.
Since the late 1960s, trees within 30 feet of the edge of the road have been recognized as a fixed object hazard to motorists should they’re vehicles leave the roadway surface. PENNDOT standards do not permit the introduction of fixed object hazards in their right of way and require removal of fixed object hazards from the right of way during major reconstruction projects.
By clicking here you can read the letter from the Township Engineer explaining PennDOT’s Design Manual 2 - Chapter 8 as well as this link to read an article from PennDOT. Both documents are relative to the concerns associated with trees along the roadway. Lastly by clicking here you will be able to read the letter from the certified arborist as requested by Traffic Planning and Design Inc. (TPD) describing the reasoning and condition of the trees that will not survive the construction as well as noting the trees that can be preserved.