In regard to the letter “Let’s Save the Crape Myrtles” (July 24), I am in agreement. I would like to add the following:
I have traveled that four-mile section of highway many times since coming to the area in 1999. I think the crape myrtles along that section are very beautiful and should not be destroyed.
First, the barrier can be installed in the center of the median and not interfere with the crape myrtles.
Second, should the barrier need to be offset from the center of the median, it can be offset opposite the crape myrtles and cross the center line of the median along the way to miss the other crape myrtles farther up or down the highway.
Third, I think these ornamental trees are worth at least $1,000 each, based on their age and the fact that they have survived hot weather, drought and extreme cold. So, why tear them out and waste a taxpayer’s asset and pay for having it done?
Fourth, I do not recall a rash of accidents along that section of highway. Has a study been made to determine if this is a dangerous section of highway? Or is this just a “make-work project” to waste tax money?
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