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Trim Your Trees to Improve Pedestrian and Vehicle Safety

Post Date:04/08/2019 3:14 PM

Colleyville’s beautiful landscape is one of the City’s most unique and special attributes with trees being a big part of that. Trees can help us save energy by providing shade to our homes and trees make our neighborhoods more attractive. Trees also provide many environmental benefits like cleaning our air and providing a refuge for local flora and fauna. However, they can also cause safety concerns if they are not properly maintained.

Tree limbs hanging too low over streets and sidewalks, as well as trees and shrubs blocking visibility at street intersections, can pose a risk to drivers and pedestrians. Property owners are responsible for maintaining trees on adjacent right-of-way and easement areas within their property line. It is important to keep streets and sidewalks free of low hanging tree limbs and overgrown vegetation.

Sidewalks

For a clear pathway, keep tree limbs and vegetation trimmed back from the edge of the sidewalk and at least 7 feet above the sidewalks.

Streets

Keep tree limbs and vegetation trimmed back from the edge of the street and at least 14 feet above the street. This allows for vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances, school buses, and garbage trucks to pass through safely.

 

Please be a good neighbor by properly maintaining the trees on your property so that everyone stays safe. For more information, please contact the City’s Urban Forester or call 817.503.1055.

Removal of City Street Trees

If a private property owner wishes to remove a tree in the public street right of way, then you must contact the City’s Urban Forester in Community Development to obtain a permit. If you wish to report a dead or hazardous tree in the public street right-of-way you may also contact the urban forester or public works.

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