I am writing to express my concerns about the removal of vegetation in order to achieve the desired the I-10 corridor widening. It is imperative that our green infrastructure be preserved where feasible. Baton Rouge Green’s “Living Roadways” initiative has enhanced aesthetic quality of our major corridors and interstates. Any necessary removal of these plantings should replaced at an appropriate ratio, to insure the original integrity is restored. Overall project budget numbers should include a very healthy line item for this remediation of vegetation removal. This budgeted number shall not be value engineered out of the project.
DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.