A scenic avenue of magnolias on James Island lost a few trees Sunday.

Four magnolia trees on Maybank Highway were cut down and turned into wood chips. The trees were removed so the entrance to Charleston Municipal Golf Course can be widened, according to the city of Charleston.

The single-lane entrance to the golf course had become a safety hazard as traffic on the highway has increased over the years, according to the city. The new entrance will have two lanes divided by a median strip, one lane for entering and another for exiting.

The trees were in the S.C. Department of Transportation right of way and were removed for better visibility, according to city spokesman Cameron Pollard.

Planners held public meetings on the new entrance and tree removal, and the Municipal Golf Course Commission was part of the process, Pollard said.

Representatives of the nearby Riverland Terrace Neighborhood Association could not be immediately reached Sunday.

Work on the new entrance will start later this year after other necessary steps are completed, such as moving utility lines, Pollard said.

Lewis Tree Services took down the trees.

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