Northlanders rally to keep 4th Street trees in place during reconstruction

By KBJR News 1

Northlanders rally to keep 4th Street trees in place during reconstruction

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Save the trees! It's a cry being heard along Duluth's East Fourth Street where the city is looking at plans to reconstruct the busy thoroughfare.

The most recent plans call for incorporating bike lanes in both directions, between 6th Avenue East and Wallace Avenue, and planting new trees.

However, project managers say as they begin this construction they would need to remove all of the trees currently lining that part of the avenue to make way for utility replacements.

Signs in opposition to the plan are popping up as residents say, while the street needs to be fixed up, the city doesn't need to remove all the grown trees in the process.

"I'm 83 years old, I won't live to see them be like this. They're making oxygen, ya know, and we've got all these automobile fumes here. We could use that oxygen. We can use the shade and the shelter and the protection from wild cars running into your house... all kinds of things," said Myrna Matheson, a concerned 4th Street resident.

Residents we spoke with say they hope the signs, and "fake tree huggers" they put up, will get peoples' attention which they hope will lead to a change in plans.

Two more public meetings are scheduled to keep people informed as plans take shape.

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