FLAGSTAFF, AZ - Approximately 2,000 ponderosa pine trees will be cut down in a Coconino County park on Flagstaff's outskirts for a highway realignment project.
The state plans to move Highway 89A several hundred yards to the west to provide more separation from Interstate 17's interchange for Pulliam Airport.
The affected portion of Highway 89A extends southward from Flagstaff, passing through scenic Oak Creek Canyon en route to Sedona.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the $6.25 million project includes installing new roundabouts at the freeway interchange and at Highway 89A.
State and county officials say many of the trees to be removed from Fort Tuthill County Park will be used for flood-mitigation structures and to build a wooden shade structure. Additional wood will be provided to poor families for winter heating.