City Council Supports Tree Planting on Freeways

June 3, 2020

Caltrans asked to replace the trees being removed from our freeways

At its June 2nd meeting, the Benicia City Council unanimously approved a resolution requesting that Caltrans plant replacement trees along the freeways and work with the City and local organizations on other tree planting and maintenance projects.

The Benicia Tree Foundation raised the issue of Caltrans removal of trees from local freeways at a prior City Council meeting.  Click here to read about that request. Since that time, City staff reported that the offices of State Senator Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Tim Grayson have arranged meetings with Caltrans to discuss potential solutions.

Mayor Patterson said she was contacted by a resident about the recent removal of vegetation at the north end of the Carquinez Bridge, so the Council expanded the resolution to request restoration planting at this location on I-80.

Over the past two years, the Benicia Tree Foundation has requested approval of tree planting and maintenance projects with Caltrans through its Adopt-a-Highway program without success.  Hopefully the resolution will form the basis of constructive discussions between the City and Caltrans for tree replacement on our freeways and improved care for trees at the I-680/I-780 interchange area north of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

Chain saw on tree

Caltrans removing tree on I-780, west of Columbus Parkway interchange.