Friday, November 25, 2016

Corralitas Walk: Before & After Trees

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 21, 2016.  Prior to the June 19, 2016 Silver Lake Fire, Corralitas Walk (a public sidewalk) was screened from the southbound lanes of the 2 Freeway by a 20 - 40 foot tall wall of trees. (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, October 11, 2016.  About a month after the fire, CalTrans went overboard chopping down the remaining trees that did not burn.  Neighbors and pedestrians feel exposed and none too safe since there is only one small 50' section of guardrail back around the overhead freeway signs.  Now, the only thing keeping cars from flying off the freeway is a flimsy chain link fence.  Cal Trans removed the 2 large Eucalyptus trees that stopped at least 2 cars from flying off the freeway in 2015. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 18, 2009.  The wall of trees made living and walking next to the 2 Freeway tolerable, even on the hottest days.