- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The city of Logan is trying to save trees with new flexible sidewalks.

The Herald Journal newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1TfJaYk) that the sidewalks made of recycled plastic have been installed in a dozen places where tree roots were causing the concrete to buckle and create a tripping hazard.

The plastic extends the life of the trees because it has more give than concrete, so maintenance crews don’t have to cut the tree roots to preserve the walks.

Mike Kuhns with Utah State University says that the plastic panels are installed by cutting away the damaged concrete, trimming the roots and locking the panels into place with anchors.

The project is paid for with an $8,000 grant from the Utah Department of Forestry, Fire and State Lands combined with $10,000 from the city.

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Information from: The Herald Journal, https://www.hjnews.com


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