On occasion, NYSDOT may find it necessary to enter private property to remove a tree or limb which is posing a danger to the traveling public.
If a tree is not within the right of way, DOT does not own the tree and is not responsible if it threatens a house or other building.
Before doing so, NYSDOT will attempt to notify the landowner whenever feasible, without compromising public safety. NYSDOT seeks the public’s assistance in promptly reporting any trees or limbs on the roadway limits that they view as potentially dangerous to. At NYSDOT we take into consideration that trees can be beneficial or detrimental to our roadways. With proper planning, trees can supply a multitude of benefits to travelers, communities, wildlife and the environment.
DOT, working through its own staff and contractors, cuts or prunes trees to address the following concerns: Remove dead or dying trees or tree limbs that are likely to fall on the highway.
Our goal is to incorporate trees that will aid in the efficiency of our roads and beautify and improve the quality of life where. As a property owner, please be aware of where the right of way boundary is, and realize that if trees in this area threaten travelers, NYSDOT must trim or remove them. When planting new trees, please keep them away from the roadside as they can limit sight distance, and as a fixed object, can be very dangerous to motorists.
Tree removal that is greater than ‐feet from a road/rail/bridge surface proposed to be completed between August 1 and April 30; or Percussive activities such.