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Cherrylawn Dr project delayed, city to meet with residents

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Some residents living on Cherrylawn Drive in South Toledo are hoping to save roughly 130 trees set to be removed as part of a $1.6 million street reconstruction project.

"We love the trees, we love a neighborhood that has trees in it," said Kim Bradshaw, who has three of those targeted trees in her front yard. "I'm devastated because they're big trees; they've been here a long time."

Toledo Engineering Services Commissioner Robin Whitney says the trees have to be removed and will be replaced by new trees when the project wraps up.

"It's an old, concrete road that we're doing a complete reconstruct, we go all the way down to the dirt, going down pretty deep," Whitney said. "The existing trees close to the curb are city trees, but they're going to be compromised by that roadway work."

Whitney says adding sidewalks along Cherrylawn is not a factor in the decision to remove the trees in question, but it is a factor for the project receiving state funding to improve pedestrian safety.

"It's a neighborhood in transition. There are a lot of young families, kids on bikes, roller blades, people pushing strollers, and the handicapped," Whitney said. "We're doing ADA ramps at all of the intersections."

The project has been delayed briefly to allow the city to hold another meeting with concerned residents.

For Bradshaw, any delay is good for her cause.

"Yes, there's hope," she said.

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