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Residents angry after dozens of trees removed along Interstate 5

April 23, 2011 |  1:02 pm

Trees cleared for carpool lane

Glendale residents near Interstate 5 at Western Avenue were dismayed this week to see dozens of 30-foot-tall trees ripped out to make room for carpool lanes.

Jocelyn Perez, who lives 50 feet from the southbound ramp on Justin Avenue, said she and her neighbors had no idea the trees were scheduled for removal.

"It is really bad on my side," Perez said. "My son has asthma. I barely take him outside."

California Department of Transportation officials said that the project has been in the works for years, and that it met all of the environmental review requirements. The project, including replacement landscaping, is scheduled to be completed in summer 2014.

Trees don't survive Earth Day

--Megan O'Neil, Glendale News-Press / Times Community News

Photo: Cut trees are loaded onto a truck for removal by Security Paving Co. from an area adjacent to the southbound 5 Freeway near Winchester Avenue and Lake Street in Glendale on Friday. The trees are being removed to widen the freeway for a carpool lane.

Credit: Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press