The $3 million project to widen Newport Road between Menifee Road and Antelope Road on the east side of Interstate 215 is now in its second week, and most of the trees lining the center median and parkways have been removed.
Smith said staff considered the possibility of transplanting some of the trees but decided against it because of the cost involved and a survival rate of less than 50 percent, based on previous experience in the climate of this area. No determination has been made on the type of trees that will be planted or the cost of that part of the project.
The Newport Road widening project is expected to be completed by December. Until then, one lane will be closed to through traffic much of the time during construction.