SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak
By Diane Knich
The Post and Courier
December 13, 2015
The state Department of Transportation has suspended a plan to cut down a live oak tree on River Road on Johns Island Monday, according to a news release from the department.
Interim Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall agreed to postpone the removal of the tree after conferring with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the release stated.
Jim Rozier, chairman of the DOT Commission, had said the tree had to come down because it is a safety hazard and is not healthy. But the release stated that Rozier concurs with Hall’s decision.
Riley and the Coastal Conservation League spoke out against the plan and pushed to save the tree.
Hall has agreed to postpone the removal of the tree to allow the city to submit an alternative plan. She and other DOT staffers will review the plan once it has been submitted.