City of Goshen relocating 85 trees in Norfolk Southern construction zone

    The Goshen Redevelopment Commission signed a contract for roughly $4,500 Tuesday, May 13, to dig up 85 trees along U.S. 33 and relocate them to the city’s nursery.

    Posted on May 13, 2014 at 11:27 p.m.

    GOSHEN — The city of Goshen plans to relocate 85 trees in Norfolk Southern’s construction zone as the railroad company installs a third track along U.S. 33.

    The Goshen Redevelopment Commission signed a contract Tuesday, May 13, with Stanger Trees Inc. to dig up healthy trees in the construction zone and relocate them to the municipal tree nursery at Dykstra Park off East Lincoln Avenue until they are replanted.

    Norfolk Southern’s project area is between U.S. 33 and its railroad right-of-way from Greene Road northwest to the C.R. 17 overpass. The city has marked the trees that require relocation in the area.

    The city will pay Stanger Trees $4,505 to dig up the trees and deliver them to the nursery.

    The original quote for the work was roughly $25,000, according to Goshen Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger. She told the redevelopment commission in March that there are about 929 trees and shrubs in the area along U.S. 33. Commission members decided to only move healthy trees from the area to be replanted elsewhere.

    The work is expected to be done by Friday, May 16.

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