|SMART in process of moving tree in Cotati
As part of the ongoing construction project for passenger rail service, SMART contractor Stacy & Witbeck/Herzog will be in the process of relocating the famed Coast Redwood Tree and constructing a second track across E. Cotati Avenue in Cotati through Sunday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Work began on this project on Thursday, Aug. 7.
East Cotati Avenue at the railroad crossing will be closed to all vehicular traffic during this time. Controlled pedestrian access will be available today, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 10.
The tree, which stands alongside the tracks for SMART, must be moved because it is too close to the railroad tracks and is considered a potential hazard.
SMART will transport the tree from its current location to a site on the east side of the railroad tracks in Cotati.
The tree originally was slated to be moved to the Veronda-Falletti Ranch, located right across the street from Cotati City Hall. But that move proved to be logistically unfeasible because it would require key construction and rebuilding of 25 power cable locations across East Cotati Avenue, and PG&E and Comcast said they would be unable to assemble the type of staff necessary to perform the task in a timely manner.