I-95 tree removal project to run through Oct. 9

The state Department of Transportation's project to remove damaged trees along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, between Exit 74 in East Lyme and Exit 70 in Old Lyme, began Monday and is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 9, weather permitting.

The project entails a right lane closure on I-95 southbound between Exit 74 and Exit 70 and work is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, according to DOT.

DOT said it is removing approximately 170 trees along the stretch of highway due to the infestation of gypsy moths this spring and early summer that "significantly damaged and compromised" the trees. The DOT said the trees need to be removed to safeguard drivers and, once removed, the trees will be left to naturally regrow.

Signage will be used to guide drivers through the work zone, according to DOT.

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