PHOTOS: City’s Tree Cutting Intensifies Along Ambaum Blvd. SW
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
We first reported on Nov. 18th that, as part of the City of Burien’s 2010/2011 Overlay Asphalt project, 96 trees along Ambaum Blvd. SW were going to be cut down in order to allow for new, ADA-compliant sidewalks to be put in sometime next year.
“These trees (‘London Planes’) were planted 20-30 years ago before much was known about what kind of trees might work well around sidewalks and pavement,” said Jenn Ramirez Robson, city management analyst. “The roots from these trees grow close to the surface and wreak all sorts of havoc. In the case of Ambaum, the roots have not only buckled sidewalks but they have also pushed out curbs and have begun to grow up and out from the street itself.”
Because the roots are causing damage in so many directions cutting the problem roots would not leave enough stability for the tree. It should also be noted that the trees are too old and established to be transferred to another location. The trees will be removed sometime before the end of the year. They will be replaced with one of the following in the spring:
- Pyrus calleryana ‘Glen’s Form’/ Chanticleer Pear
- Tilia cordata ‘Corzam’/ Corinthian Linden
- Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’/ Pyramidal European Hornbeam
Friday morning (Dec. 3rd), workers could be seen along Ambaum near SW 136th clearing cut trees and branches, with chippers munching away at the remains of these grand old plants:
We here at The B-Town Blog believe that the city should have let its citizens know that these 96 trees were going to be destroyed for this project.
We don’t believe that was the case.
Our unscientific poll from some 155 Readers shows that at least 59% share our sentiment that they’re sad to see these trees cut:
How do you feel about the city removing 96 trees along Ambaum Blvd. SW?
- WTF? DON’T REMOVE these great old trees! I love ’em! (59%, 91 Votes)
- I AGREE! This street (and sidewalks) needs a major face-lift! (34%, 53 Votes)
- I don’t care about trees or nature or beauty in Burien. (7%, 11 Votes)
For more information about road construction in Burien, or to share your opinion directly with the city, you can call (206) 436-5551.
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