Starting Monday, tree maintenance work will affect traffic along Maple Park Drive between Capitol Way and Jefferson Street, and at the Maple Park Drive entrance to the Plaza Garage, where parking is available for state employees who do not work on Capitol Campus.
Cones, barricades and flaggers will guide vehicles and pedestrians through the area.
The Department of Enterprise Services contracted with Arbor Care Tree Specialists to prune 50 trees along Maple Park Drive to improve health of the trees, ensure public safety and provide better clearance for vehicles. The work will be 8 a.m. to dusk Monday through Friday. Chain saws and a chipper machine will be used.
Dead wood will be removed, and trees will be pruned to increase illumination from street lights and clear branches affecting the Employment Security Building.
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Two dying maple trees at the west end of Maple Park Drive will be removed and later replaced with two sugar maple trees. A stump grinder will be used to prepare the area for planting trees.
Arbor Care Tree Specialists will grind three stumps near the Water Garden in the north plaza of the Employment Security Building. The stumps are being removed so three trees can be planted to replace three failing ash trees that were recently removed.
Wood chips will be piled near the parking lot west of the Employment Security Building as part of Enterprise Services’ sustainable practice of reusing pruning by-products on campus landscape beds to deter weeds and maintain soil moisture.