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.