- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - State transportation officials have suspended removal of a live oak on Johns Island after the mayor of Charleston and others complained.

Interim Transportation Secretary Christy A. Hall said in a statement Saturday that she conferred with Mayor Joe Riley before agreeing to allow the city to submit an alternative plan.

The Post and Courier of Charleston had reported (https://bit.ly/1THpn3r) the Transportation Department planned to cut down the tree Monday. DOT Commission Chairman Jim Rozier said the tree isn’t healthy and is unsafe from being hit by cars.

Rozier said in Saturday’s news release that he agreed with the postponement.

Arey Properties of Concord, North Carolina, also wants to build a road to provide access to an apartment complex that’s being built. The tree sits in the path of an access road.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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