If you've driven along Rt 2 in Machesney Park and noticed the trees seem to be very close to your car, when driving, you're not imagining things. Rt. 2 has a tree problem.

In fact, several accidents have resulted because automobiles have been hitting trees along the side of the road as the trees have been growing outward.

WREX-TV is reporting that beginning Monday, Illinois Department of Transportation crews will start removing  trees along a two mile stretch of road along Illinois Rt 2, between Latham and Roscoe Roads in the Machesney Park area to alleviate the problem and make the road safer.

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The affected area is approximately two miles and crews expect to complete the tree removal within two weeks.

Rt 2 will remain open, but motorists are reminded to slow down.