I-Team: DOT to re-examine damaged trees on Wake County's Highway 98

Several trees near the Wake County Recycling Center remain dangling on the side of the road.
January 15, 2014 5:20:31 AM PST
Concerned drivers and the ABC11 I-Team have convinced the N.C. Department of Transportation to take another look at N.C. Highway 98 after fallen trees shut down the roadway over the weekend.

Now, several trees near the Wake County Recycling Center remain dangling on the side of the road. It leaves drivers anxiously passing underneath what looks like stacks of toothpicks.

Technically, the dangling limbs are either on private property or the responsibility of the DOT that maintains the highway.

"If those trees are on the state maintained right-of-way, then we'll go ahead and remove the trees," said NC DOT's Amanda Perry."If it's determined that they're on private property, then we'll simply approach the property owner and request permission to remove those trees."

After a call from the I-Team, a transportation official was assigned to give the road a second look for any potential hazards to drivers, navigating their way through the debris from last weekend's powerful storm.

While the DOT investigates the tree damage down the road, the recycling center off of Highway 98 will remain closed.

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