Please budget for the replacement of any trees destroyed during the interstate 10 widening project. It is wonderful DOTD has developed a place to ease our traffic woes. The critical benefits of trees alongside the roadway should be protected. Those trees help prevent flooding by soaking up excess rainwater. They also collect greenhouse gases and other pollutants in the air and scrub out tons of carbon dioxide. Keeping our green canopy goes to the quality of life in Baton Rouge. I know budget dollars are tight, but replanting these trees is as critical as the type of road material and engineering.
DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.