Arborist Recommends Removing 44 Trees on Broad Avenue
A Penn State arborist has made the recommendation that PennDOT and Altoona City officials remove 44 of the 79 trees along Broad Avenue that were trimmed last week by a contractor as part of an upcoming paving project.
Tom Ford – who is also a WRTA contributor – says many of the trees between 24th and 31st streets were trimmed improperly.
Ford says the contractor isn’t entirely to blame because the pruning revealed that several trees were already in bad shape and need to be taken out. Many of the trees recommended for removal are Norway Maples, which typically aren’t friendly to city sidewalks and cause long-term problems due to their size.
Councilman Dave Butterbaugh says the city will meet with PennDOT on Wednesday to plan the next course of action and determine who will be responsible for the tree removal process.
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