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City considers replacing 38 downtown trees

 

February 3, 2022

Gordon Weeks

In the past nine years, this chanticleer pear tree on West Railroad Avenue near the clock tower in downtown Shelton has grown from about 5 inches in diameter to 12, cracking the sidewalk and lifting the grate. "This is maybe one of the worst ones," Jay Harris, the city's public works director, said of 38 "problem" trees downtown.

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,...



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