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Kent County Road Widening Project Sparks Disappointment Over Tree Removal

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Trees located along Brenford Road. Trees located along Brenford Road.

DOVER, Del. --- A road widening project required by the state to accommodate recent residential developments will require the removal of several trees along Brenford Road.

Officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation said the removal of trees is intended to help improve traffic safety in the area of the 1800 block of Brenford Road, an area northwest of Dover that has been and is currently experiencing development of residential communities. 

But for homeowner James Torbert, the move came as a surprise to he and his family, who live on the property where the trees have been located for 20 years. He said a construction worker told his wife the trees were located within an area covered by an easement.

"It stings a little bit because we enjoy having the barrier against the road and the privacy, which is something we've enjoyed for a long time," he said.

Calls to a developer involved with the road-widening project went unreturned Monday, though DelDOT spokesman C.R. McLeod confirmed the agency signed off on the project.

McLeod noted DelDOT maintains a right-of-way on street-side properties for situations where new residential developments will be located so adequate turn lanes can be added to roads like Brenford Road, which is only two lanes wide.

"We understand that it is a frustrating point when you lose that growth that are there, but at the same time we need to be accommodating of the growth that's happening."

Nevertheless, Torbert said the decision was disappointing.

"It's growing pains that everybody experiences in a rural community that starts growing," he said. "It's sad to see the trees go."


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