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City considers replacing 38 downtown trees

The City of Shelton is considering removing and replacing 38 downtown trees whose expanding roots are lifting and breaking sidewalks and pushing up grates.

The Shelton City Council talked about the trees and possible solutions at a work session Jan. 25.

Most of the downtown street trees are chanticleer pears planted in 1995, said Public Works Director Jay Harris. During the past nine years, the trees have more than doubled in size and the roots are lifting the sidewalk and street improvements near each tree, he said.

"There are about 38 trees that are a problem," Harris said.

In September, the...


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