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Trees threatening Section highway being trimmed

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Crews worked to trim trees dangling on Highway 35. Crews worked to trim trees dangling on Highway 35.
SECTION, AL (WAFF) -

Residents' concerns have state highway officials cutting some trees above a busy Jackson County highway. The action comes after WAFF exposed people's concerns over a canopy of trees leaning above traffic on Highway 35.

State Highway Department officials said they have identified six trees that are a concern for motorists and are now taking care of the problem. Crews began cutting trees that are leaning over Highway 35 from the bottom of the mountain into the town of Section.

Several people told WAFF 48 News nearly two weeks ago that one person's car had already been hit by a fallen tree within the last month, and they were concerned it would happen again.

ALDOT Division Director Johnny Harris said a survey of that section of road showed confirmation of those concerns, so they have partnered with a local utility company to cut the trees, thus reducing any danger of falling trees on cars.

The process could be a headache for motorists. Crews have had to halt traffic while cutting limbs and letting them fall, which causes big backups as they work to get the job done. Harris said that he urges motorists to exercise caution in the work area and follow all instructions given by the road crews.

Harris said he expects the work to be completed in the next few days.

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