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Tree removal along Chumstick Highway begins Wed, Oct 19th

Work begins Wednesday, Oct. 19, on hazardous tree removal along Chumstick Highway near Leavenworth.

The project, expected to take about 20 days, will begin between Merry Canyon Road and milepost 10. The contractor is expected to be in that area through at least Friday, Oct. 21.

Work will take place 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers should expect one-lane, flagger-controlled traffic in the area of work with up to 10-minute delays.

The work overall will cover about five miles, beginning at about milepost 8.7 and continuing to about milepost 13.6.

Altels Logging of Cashmere will be working to clear about 130 trees in the county right-of-way that are dead, dying or have serious structural defects. The work is part of a two-phase hazardous tree removal project along Chumstick Highway and the Beaver Valley Road corridor. The first phase was completed this summer.

“All of the trees identified for removal pose a safety threat to drivers traveling along Chumstick Highway,” said Jill FitzSimmons, public information officer with Chelan County Public Works.

The estimated cost of Phase II is $120,000. The county is paying for the project out of its county road fund.

To keep up on the project’s progress as Altels moves along the highway and the Beaver Valley Road corridor, watch the Chelan County Public Works website for details.

Photo attached: Altels Logging of Cashmere works last summer to remove hazardous trees from the county right-of-way along Chumstick Highway. The second phase of the hazardous tree removal project begins Oct. 19.

Jill FitzSimmons
Public Information Officer
Chelan County Public Works Department
Office: 509-667-6415
Fax: 509-667-6250

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