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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Many of Georgia's most traveled roads like State Route 62 in Dougherty County play host to some of the state's tallest and oldest trees.

But more often times than not, when these green giants come tumbling down they cause major problems for many drivers passing through.

That's why state Democrat Al Williams proposed a bill that would require the Georgia Department of Transportation to cut down every tree deemed tall enough to fall across interstates and other limited-access highways.

The bill passed in the House Transportation Committee Monday but many opponents say the bill is cost-prohibiting as it's projected to cost the state millions. And many state Arborist say benefits like erosion control, energy conservation and improved air quality would be lost if these giant trees were to be cut down.

The National Highway Safety Administration doesn't keep data on wrecks caused by falling trees across the county but GDOT officials say the agency already has a policy for removing dangerous trees in the state.

The House Rules Committee is expected to take up the bill in the coming days.

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