There are now survey stakes running through the woods along Seven Bridges Road between Bridge One and Bridge Two. A couple of huge old white pines have been marked with tape. Apparently they are in the way of the plan to move the road over.
Or could this be for something COGGS is doing?
Could be, foxinmunkee, but it looks pretty elaborate and there's also paint on the road.
I think that COGGS trail is going to have to move, along with the ski trail, to make way for the road re-route.
Are the white pines the only trees that have the marking?
If they are, then the marking is likely a "Don't cut me" marking rather than a "this guy needs to be cut down" marking.
Do you know that the mark is for cutting? I know that they also use markers for tree surveys, when they need to know which one's they've already counted.
I don't know whether it means "cut this down" or "don't cut this down" or "we counted this one." I just know it appeared at the same time as stakes that appear to mark out the new course of the road. The city's web site that describes road projects is way out of date, so it's hard to tell what's going on over there. Or else I'm bad at looking stuff up on the city's web site, which could also be true.
I remember from a forestry class that a commonly used tree marking system is that trees marked with blue paint are not to be cut. I didn't remember what pink meant, if anything, so I looked it up. On a site called Forestry Forum, a contractor writes that he asks clients to mark tress that should remain with blue paint and trees to be removed with pink flagging.
What's the status of the other end of Skyline? Are they ever going to fix it back up, or is it been permanently closed?
Speaking of old roads, I remember when you could drive down Congdon Park Drive.
The bottom half of 7 bridges Road was severely damaged during the flood. A small portion of the road is being re-routed up into the woods. This will mean that the ski trails and MTN bike trails will also be effected in one way or another. The road has been closed since it started collapsing and eroding...it would be quite dangerous to drive on it right now. Personally I wish they would leave it closed for bikers and walkers...but I doubt this will happen.
It has been really nice to have that section of road closed for biking, hiking, and skijoring.
I don't know how much it matters but I have noticed stakes and pink flag thingys popping up everywhere. On the Scanlon bike trail, on the section of Skyline between the Highland/Vinland intersection & St Louis River Road. On a couple less traveled residential streets in Cloquet/Scanlon. I know I have seen them elsewhere because I just noticed in the past week they're multiplying like rabbits.
No real important info I guess, just a FYI for ya. :)
I talked to a worker at the 7 Bridges Road site today and he said a single pink ribbon means they're going to try to save the tree. He said it may be hard not to damage its root system, but they're not going to cut it down.
That's good news, bluenewt.
Roots can extend quite a bit further than the tree's branches.
The city issued this news release on June 11:
Seven Bridges Road Construction Underway
Construction to realign a segment of Seven Bridges Road damaged by the June 2012 flood has begun. This Federal Emergency Management Agency funded project through the city of Duluth will realign an 850-foot segment of Seven Bridges Road approximately 85 feet to the east. The re-alignment will place the new road at a safe distance from the damaged eroded slopes.
The existing road surface, starting from the first bridge up to the ski trail parking area, will be removed and replaced with topsoil, seed and plantings. The relocation affects portions of the Lester Ski Trail and Bike Trail which will be realigned as part of the project.
Seven Bridges Road and a portion of the ski and bike trails will remain closed until the project is completed in late August. The open portion of the ski trails can be accessed from the main area of Lester Park and the open portion of the bike trails can best be accessed from the top of the park at the junction of Seven Bridges Road and Skyline Parkway.
The City apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks the public for its cooperation and patience as crews work to stabilize the road and trails.
For more information regarding the road construction project contact Mark Guisfredi, senior project engineer, at 218-730-5076. Questions about the trails can be directed to Judy Gibbs, trail and bikeway project coordinator, at 218-730-4308. Trail updates are at 218-730-4323.
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