Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Aug. 7, 2012

Removal begins Aug. 13 and will take several weeks

Red Oak to be removed on Browns Mill Rd.

This Red Oak on Browns Mill Road will be removed due to root decay and soil erosion.

FAIRFAXAt the recommendation of a team of tree experts from Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will remove 59 trees that pose a safety risk to motorists in the Great Falls area of Fairfax County. Tree removal will begin Aug. 13 and take about three weeks to complete.

Each of the trees is located within VDOT right of way and is either dead or in decline with multiple defects.

Following the tragic death of a motorist July 17 when a 40-ton decayed Oak tree fell onto his car on Georgetown Pike, several residents alerted Fairfax County and VDOT to other potentially unsafe trees.  A team of arborists from Fairfax County’s Urban Forestry Branch spent several days inspecting trees in Great Falls, and ultimately recommended the removal of 59 trees. A VDOT arborist agreed with the recommendation.

The team compiled a list of trees that require removal. The list includes tree type, size, exact location, and condition.  The 59 trees are located within VDOT right of way on the following roads:

• River Bend Road – 25 trees
• Browns Mill Road west of Difficult Run – 15 trees
• Beach Mill Road – 7 trees
• Georgetown Pike – 6 trees
• Walker Road – 4 trees
• Utterback Store Road – 2 trees

See the entire listing of trees.

The two trees at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road which have been the subject of recent news articles are not among the 59 trees scheduled for removal as they are not considered to be an immediate danger.  Those trees will be inspected by an arborist in the coming weeks.   

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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