The City of Palo Alto will remove 25 trees from the area north of downtown, mainly along University Avenue, and complete pruning work on other trees to ensure vehicle, pedestrian and building clearance, according to press release.
Crews will work Mondays through Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Middlefield Road and the northeastern city limit at San Francisquito Creek, and will try to keep traffic impacts to a minimum, the release stated.
Four of the trees, magnolias located along University Avenue, will be removed soon due to public safety concerns. The trees slated to be removed have sustained decay, structural defects or long-term decline, according to the release.
There are 283 trees along University Avenue, where 23 of the 25 trees slated for removal are located. Most of them are magnolias.
"Tree maintenance is scheduled on a recurring cycle of approximately seven years," said Urban Forester Walter Passmore. "The fact that we have such a small percentage of tree removals that are needed indicates that our tree population as a whole in this area of the City is in good condition."
Eleven replacement trees will be planted in the fall, to take advantage of the cooler, wetter weather to improve the survival of the trees. Some of them will not be replaced because of conflicts with underground utility lines or competition from private trees and vegetation.