DOT to remove trees damaged by gypsy moths

The state Department of Transportation said it plans to remove about 170 trees along Interstate 95 southbound, between Exit 74 in East Lyme and Exit 70 in Old Lyme, that were  "significantly damaged and compromised" due to the infestation of gypsy moths this spring and early summer.

DOT said in a news release that the tree removal will be done under the direction of a licensed state arborist using machinery and crews specializing in the safe removal of trees. DOT said approximately 170 trees in the right side off-shoulder area — mostly oaks — "are damaged so severely that they will not survive" and need to be removed to safeguard drivers.

After the trees are removed, the areas will be left to naturally regrow, DOT said.

The removal of the trees will begin on Monday, Sept. 25, and will be completed by Oct. 9, weather permitting.

DOT said drivers can expect a right lane closure on I-95 southbound from Exit 74 to Exit 70. Crash-buffer vehicles and signs will be used to guide drivers through the work zone. The work is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

DOT asks drivers to use caution in the work area.

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