VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- More than 60 Bradford pear trees are being removed from a stretch of roadway in Virginia Beach.
The 67 trees are in the median of Lynnhaven Parkway. The trees have a weak branch structure and can break apart in bad weather or because of old age.
Symsi Houser with the city's Landscape Management Division tells The Virginian-Pilot that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved the trees when they were planted about 20 years ago. At the time, the fast-growing trees were considered the best type to quickly provide canopy.
City crews began removing the trees on Monday. Weather permitting, the work will continue through Nov. 15.
The trees will be replaced with tulip poplar and bald cypress trees by a contractor by the end of the year.