Plan would cut 100s of trees to widen rustic road

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MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Residents are debating $850,000 in repairs proposed for one of Ingham County's worst roads.

The Lansing State Journal reports they are arguing over Cornell Road, one of two roads in the county designated as a "Natural Beauty." The two-mile stretch does not have to meet state standards for most other roads. But the tree-lined road now has so many potholes that the Ingham County Department of Transportation and Roads has given it one of its worst possible ratings and is proposing an $850,000 reconstruction.

The cost and proposed destruction of up to 500 trees upsets some. But even some people who live along the road say the work is needed because of drainage and safety issues.

Two public hearings are planned this month on the proposal.

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