Contractor to start removing trees in Cherokee County

Contractor to start removing trees in Cherokee County
Storms downed trees and destroyed homes Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Alto, Texas. (Source: KLTV)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - TxDOT expects to remove about 45,000 cubic yards of tree debris during the cleanup effort that is anticipated to span six weeks.

Arrangements are underway to remove debris left behind by last weekend’s tornadoes. Crews are expected to work seven days a week until the project is complete.

Tuesday, April 23 is the anticipated start date, beginning in Alto. The Alto cleanup crew will utilize five double barrel trucks with self-loaders. That is equivalent to 10 trucks and an excavator making rounds to remove debris along state highway rights-of-way.

According to TxDOT, the contractor will start on SH 21 moving eastward making its first removal pass, and then a second pass to make sure all debris is cleared.

“This will be a tedious process with the roadways being reduced to one lane and big trucks making constant stops so drivers are asked to slow down and be patient when traveling through the work areas. I would even suggest using alternate routes where possible to avoid delays.”
Kathi White, TxDOT public information officer

The contract, awarded to Tom-Mac, Inc., of Houston, is being coordinated in conjunction with the City of Alto and Cherokee County.

A state monitor along with a TxDOT inspector will oversee the process and day-to-day operations of the contract.

If you would like to help the victims of these storms, click this link to donate to either the American Red Cross or the East Texas Food Bank. http://www.kltv.com/caringforeasttexas/

Both agencies are working daily in these storm impacted areas of East Texas.

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