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Eucalyptus Trees on Camino Real to Be Cut

August 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The towering eucalyptus trees that have lined Burlingame's El Camino Real for more than 100 years may be sick and will soon be removed to avoid safety hazards, authorities said. A final report is to be released next week, said Ray Elias, area superintendent for Caltrans.

But calculations based on their size, Elias said, indicate most of the 160 trees should be removed.

The trees were originally planted as a windbreak. However, in recent years the enormous eucalyptus trees have caused a host of safety problems, including buckling and narrowing sidewalks, broken curbs, flooding and hazards for motorists, the Caltrans official said.

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