Jonathan Dougherty, deputy director of media relations and communications for the Thruway Authority, said Monday that the tree cutting is part of a capital project on I-90 between exits 42 (Geneva) and 44 (Canandaigua).
He called it a “safety- related project, which includes pavement resurfacing, guiderail replacement, drainage improvements and other miscellaneous work to a 20-mile section of the Thruway. … Specifically, trees are being removed as needed to avoid a potential hazard to any vehicles that may leave the roadway. These trees also pose risk of falling within the clear zone or on the roadway into traffic.”
Dougherty said that the Authority follows state and federal guidelines that require maintaining “a clear area along the highway to ensure sufficient room for vehicles that may leave the road to safely recover control.”