I-Team: Trees still cause concern for drivers on Highway 98

Several trees near the Wake County Recycling Center remain dangling on the side of the road.
February 3, 2014 3:48:48 PM PST
Weeks after a storm left extensive tree damage along a section of N.C. Highway 98 in Wake Forest, limbs remain stacked on top of one another, dangling above passing drivers.

Several drivers have alerted the ABC11 I-Team over concerns about the potential danger.

After the storm in mid-January, the Department of Transportation promised to send out a crew to assess the potential danger, and it did.

However, three weeks later, some trees have been removed, but others remain --still dangling near the road.

One viewer emailed the I-Team calling the stretch of highway a "dangerous place." However, transportation officials said there's no immediate danger.

The DOT says Mother Nature is to blame for the damage and the reason they have yet to remove the trees in question.

Officials said right now getting a backhoe up the slippery slope could be risky. As soon as the rain lets up and the ground dries, they'll come back to remove the leaning trees.

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