The Stone Oak Property Owners Association, partnering with other agencies, saved five crepe myrtles and two yaupon hollies on a traffic median at U.S. 281 North and Stone Oak Parkway. In addition to a monument welcoming folks to Stone Oak, the trees were targeted for elimination. Courtesy photos

The Stone Oak Property Owners Association dug deep to save several stately trees threatened by a massive U.S. 281 North expansion project.

Instead of letting the five crepe myrtles and two yaupon hollies face destruction, the POA relocated them.

“Stone Oak is known for beautiful trees,” said association Property Manager Meg Lorente. “Trees keep property values up. People move here for that. You don’t see beautiful traffic islands all over San Antonio like you do in Stone Oak.”

In late spring, the Texas Department of Transportation informed the POA about construction crews needing to modify the traffic median at Stone Oak Parkway and 281.

Foliage at the intersection and a monument welcoming motorists to Stone Oak would be eliminated.

The trees were transplanted from Stone Oak Parkway traffic island 38 to traffic island 37. The monument will be rebuilt later, neighborhood officials said.

For more on this story, look for a copy of LOCAL Community News in your mailbox after July 30.

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