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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Update: Arborist to check out branch on bike path

An arborist is expected to check on this tree to determine if it’s dangerous.
The Daily Gripe reported Thursday that a griper was concerned about a tree branch, north of Q Street on a Rock Creek Park bike path. The griper worried that the branch could snap and “pulverize anyone who is below it when it happens.” The griper said he reached out twice to get some resolution, including a call to 311, but had no luck.

The Daily Gripe also went around in circles to get the issue resolved. First, we tried the National Park Service, which sent us to the Urban Forestry Division. Finally, we were steered toward the D.C. Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle.

“311 is still the immediate way to get this taken care of,” Lisle said. “We will certainly go out there and take a look. If it poses a hazard, we’ll take care of it. And we will investigate why [the 311 call] was closed out.”

Lisle also said that sometimes Joe Public may see a hazard where there is not one. The department sends an arborist out to check out the tree and sometimes, based on their experience, there is no danger.

We’ll update you if this particular tree poses a problem.

By Bonnie Smith  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/28/2011

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