May 21, 2012
King County will remove trees to improve driving safety on two roads near Preston and Maple Valley
As part of the annual Countywide Guardrail Program to improve roadside safety for drivers, the King County Road Services Division will be removing select trees this summer alongside two roads near Preston and Maple Valley. New guardrails are scheduled to be installed in those areas in the fall.
All the trees are located in the King County road right-of-way. They have been identified as hazards and are being removed for the following reasons:
- Some are in danger of falling across the road or onto utility lines;
- Many are blocking sight lines for drivers on curves and hills; and
- Others have a history of being struck by vehicles numerous times.
Near Preston, approximately 17 select trees on 308th Avenue Southeast on Mitchell Hill will be removed on both sides of the road between Southeast 87th Place and Southeast 64th Street. East of Maple Valley, nine trees along Southeast 248th Street between Southeast 244th Street and Summit-Landsburg Road will be removed.
If you have questions about the guardrail installation or tree removal, please contact Community Relations, King County Department of Transportation by phone 206-263-9770 or by email.