Tree maintenance to cause traffic delays in Marietta

Marietta City Hall -- photo by Larry Felton Johnson

Daytime drivers in Marietta will experience delays on Whitlock Avenue next week due to tree-trimming, according to city officials.

The Marietta Power and Water Department will work from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25-29, which aligns with fall break for Marietta City Schools. The work will result in lane shifts and delays, according to city spokeswoman Lindsey Wiles. The portion of Whitlock Avenue stretching from North Marietta Parkway to Lindley Avenue will be affected.

“With school being out for fall break, they decided it was a perfect time to do the proactive routine maintenance,” Wiles said.

She explained that the Power and Water Department trims the branches every few years to prevent additional incidents during inclement weather conditions. In high winds or ice storms, for instance, unkempt limps could weigh down on power lines and cause outages. This will be the first time the trees have been trimmed in six years.

“We humbly ask for your patience as our crews work next week,” Wiles said, “and do ask that you kindly remember these are the men and women who got our power back on and running by 6 a.m. on Tuesday following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.”

Check out the map below to see what part of Whitlock Avenue is affected and find the best route around the delays.

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Sierra Hubbard

Sierra Hubbard is a senior at Kennesaw State University, writing articles of every fashion for every publication she can get her hands on. Hard news journalism is her passion, regardless of the medium through which it is pursued. She is a freelance writer for the Cobb County Courier.