Kirby Tree Compromise: Only Three to Five Feet To Be Lopped Off Using Gentle Saw

The wisdom of King Solomon lives on! The promised grand compromise on the Kirby Dr. street trees has been officially unveiled: Many of the oaks lining the busy street will get to keep most of their roots! The street surface will be expanded

to a standard of 73 feet, widening to 74 feet for left-turn lanes without signals and 77 feet at intersections with stoplights. Kirby is currently 66 feet wide.

That means up to five-and-a-half feet of trimming.

In order to protect trees during construction, a process called “water sawing” will be used to trim roots away from the construction area.

It won’t hurt a bit!