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TxDOT Plans to Remove Palm Trees Along US 77

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The agency plans to relocate the trees to make room for an improvement project.

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The agency plans to relocate the trees to make room for an improvement project.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12499/7241388?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:05 +0000 TxDOT Plans to Remove Palm Trees Along US 77 The agency plans to relocate the trees to make room for an improvement project. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12499/7241388?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KRGV ticking on a beloved collection of palm trees here in the valley. the palm trees on us 77 stand in the way of a txdot improvement project. channel 5's ryan nelson is live in willacy county with the details. many people consider these trees an iconic landmark in the rio grande valley. it's not uncommon to see people stop for pictures here. txdot plans to relocate these trees to make room for four more lanes. some in the valley are fighting back. they're more than leaves and roots to the people of the rio grande valley. "it means home." whether heading out or returning home these palm trees greet valley travelers on us 77. plans are in the works to relocate the trees to make room for a txdot improvement project. lifelong valley resident mayra zaragoza says they're uprooting more than just vegetation. "they're taking away like a little piece of our home." us 77 became interstate 69 e in 2013. in january txdot started bringing 77 up to interstate standards. they're adding freeway main lanes, frontage roads, entrance and exit ramps, and wildlife crossings, among other things. " because you add the main lanes, you need more land, you need more area." in two to three weeks txdot plans to start transplanting to make room for more lanes. some of the trees will move into the right of way along 77. others will go just south of 186. " we do have a great record of taking care of our palm trees because let's be honest, the palm tree is iconic." txdot expects to finish the transplant process to take four to six weeks. "i know they're going to be redistributed and replanted in other parts of the valley, but whenever you leave home and then come back that little piece is always there to tell like okay i'm almost there." txdot expects to finish the transplant process to take four to six weeks. zaragoza are holding out hope the trees can stay where they are. this project is running from raymondville to point 93 miles south of the willacy/kenedy county line. officials expect the entire project to be completed by september 2019. if you would like to keep track of the project you can do so by visiting the project tracker on txdot's website. ryan nelson, channel 5 news at six, raymondville.




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