The City of Springfield Public Works Department will be removing 30 trees from the downtown area. The project will be completed in phases and is expected to take several months.
The city planted the trees over twenty years ago as part of a downtown streetscape beautification effort. Unfortunately, many of the trees’ root systems are creating issues. Gold spire Biloba ginkgo trees will replace the existing trees.
Trees will be removed in sets starting along 6th Avenue. Work will then move to West Court Square, followed by Main Street, and ending on 5th Avenue. The plan is to first cut a tree and remove the root balls. Once the root ball is removed and utilities are adjusted, root barriers will be installed and a new tree will be planted. Additional landscaping will be done at a later time.
Some parking spaces may be blocked during the excavation phase to allow for equipment to perform the necessary work, however, no roads will be closed.
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