After more than 600 accidents, state DOTD clears out trees on Greenwell Springs Rd.

Neighbors along Greenwell Springs Road happy to see tree removal

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Crews with the Department of Transportation and Development continued clearing out trees along an 8-mile stretch of Greenwell Springs Road between Frenchtown and Liberty Road.

Neighbors in the area were more than happy to see work underway.

"There's been a lot of wrecks on that road," Denise Cazes said.

"Like someone was saying, he used to try and pull out of one of the churches and he said he could hardly see because of the trees."

Cazes has seen a number of accidents, some of them deadly, in the many years she's worked in the area.

"With the trees gone, it's a lot easier to see," Cazes said.

"You know pulling out there."

State officials say there have been more than 600 accidents along this particular stretch and now admit changes needed to be made.

Alvin Shaffer grew up in the area and has witnessed some of the accidents and some of them were deadly. While Shaffer says he'll miss the trees, the State confirms a lot of the old oak trees will remain.

"A lot of people hate to see them go but in the end it's going to be a lot safer to enter and exit the highway than it is now, it's a dangerous road and it's more and more population out here and it's more traffic," Shaffer said.

"I think in the long run, public safety is the most important thing. They're not cutting live oak trees - a lot of people like the live oaks and the canopies and stuff but it's the right thing to do for public safety."

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