VDOT to start removing dangerous trees in Great Falls

Albert Carl Roeth III was killed when this massive tree fell on his car in Great Falls in July. Photo: Gail Pennybacker/ABC7

After a tree fell and killed a driver in on Georgetown Pike in Great Falls last month, the Virginia Department of Transportation says VDOT contractors will remove about 60 trees officials say are dead or in decline.

The majority are located on River Bend Road and Browns Mill Road. The work will cost about $60,000.

Colored bands and white x's mark trees neighbors say they're happy will be soon coming down.

VDOT officials say the work will take place Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.. One or both lanes of traffic could be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time.

"We don't have a program in place to inspect every single tree in Northern Virginia," says Jennifer McCord, a VDOT spokesperson. "The trees that we're concerned about are the ones along roadways that pose a risk to drivers."

VDOT says they rely heavily on residents to speak up when they see a rotting tree that could pose a danger. Splits in the bark, branches with no leaves, even ants can be warning signs.

Potential tragedies might be prevented with a phone call to VDOT.

To report a dangerous tree, call 1-800-367-ROAD.