Highway 101 tree replacement won't include redwoods

The Redwood Highway may need a new name.

Sonoma County transportation officials are planning to pump nearly $5 million into landscaping projects along Highway 101, but will likely not plant any of the majestic redwoods that gave the route its nickname.

Thousands of trees, including hundreds of redwoods, have been cut down to make way for carpool lanes along the highway from Windsor to the county line south of Petaluma.

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority on Monday will unveil its plan to replant the 101 corridor that was torn up during construction and remains a barren eyesore in places.

The redwoods removed along the highway are not native to that part of Sonoma County, said James Cameron, deputy director of projects at the SCTA. They were planted when the highway was built in the 1950s and require a lot of maintenance to survive.

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