Dayton Street construction update: Tree impacts on north side of Dayton Street

The City of Edmonds Wednesday provided an update on the removal and replacement of maple trees near the Edmonds Library.

The city arborist, parks crew, and Dayton Street utility improvement project management team reviewed the condition of six trees on the north side of Dayton between Durbin Drive and 7th Avenue South. “It was determined that the condition of the trees was deteriorating and that their decline would be accelerated by the storm pipe installation work,” the city said in an announcement. Even without the effects of the planned Dayton Street utility replacements, it was expected that the trees would not have lasted no more than a few years, requiring their removal and replacement, the city said.

“Due to the surface root system of these trees, the removal would have damaged some of the nearby pavement installed as part of the Dayton project,” the announcement continued. “This would require repairs to the road and paving that we are currently replacing.”

As a result, the decision was made to have the contractor remove the six declining maple trees from the planting strips on the north side of Dayton Street.

Crews have filled the planting strip with topsoil as part of the Dayton project, and in Fall 2020, the Edmonds Parks Department will plant new trees to replace the ones that were removed.

The learn more about the Dayton Street utility improvement project, visit the website.

3 Replies to “Dayton Street construction update: Tree impacts on north side of Dayton Street”

  1. We all tend to love trees in general, here in the Pacific Northwest, but it sounds like the removal was necessary. Thank you for looking into the issues and costs for the best outcome for the future.

    We would like to mention that the Northwest Corner of 2nd and Edmonds Street (1 block to Sunset and the water) has a HUGE tree issue-literally! It dangerously blocks the ability to see around the corner for traffic, making the corner unsafe for neighborhood children and all who cross that corner. We have lots of daily runners, baby strollers and dog walkers where we have seen near accidents multiple times. The trees not only cause safety blind spots, but cause tremendous debris everywhere, have taken over some street parking, views and more. PUD has to trim them regularly because of wire concerns which end up making the trees look what neighbors call the “reverse mohawk haircut”, so unnatural for our lovely neighborhood and the trees themselves.

    It is our understanding that PUD has approached the owner to have them removed (at PUD’s expense) so they don’t have to continue to cut it back, and even offered vouchers for new trees which would provide better privacy for the owner and a more attractive presence in our neighborhood.

    Is it possible to at least remove the one that is closet to the corner? It appears that even though they are severely overgrown, there are only two trees. At least if the corner one is removed, that would help towards the safety issue there.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Bill and Johanna Molloy

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  2. The tree issue for good street trees is under study by the Tree Board and the city. The narrowness of the strips and less than ideal planting conditions makes it difficult. Very few native trees are good street trees. The native maple , ‘acer circinatum’ is the right size but its shape and need for somewhat shaded conditions makes it a difficult choice. I’ve seen them as street trees in Lake Forest Park and they are okay but not great. Many native trees are evergreen and grow very tall such as Douglas firs and cedars and are not appropriate for street trees.
    The city hopes to have a revised street tree list within the year. It will be available to citizens who want to make good tree choices. View areas are another factor in choosing trees. Look for those recommendations in the future.

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