The State Highway Administration is tearing through acres of old woods as fast as they can, moving into Phase 2 of the ICC project even before woods are cleared for Phase 1. As this picture shows, they either have a lot of timber clearing equipment idle or they’re worried the project will get stopped judging by the pace they are running. This picture was taken 7/13, and the clearing was enough for their equipment and a road through to the east. In one week the clearing is now as wide as the entire ICC right of way as far as you can see.
Residents of the Norbeck area of the county are now bracing as this tree clearing moves to take most of the trees from some of our neighborhoods.