Tree pruning along Monorail will impact drivers, walkers, cyclists

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by TERESA YUAN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 3:47 AM

SEATTLE – The landscape along Seattle's iconic Monorail needs work. That’s going to affect drivers, cyclists and pedestrians for the next month.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is pruning some of the oldest trees in downtown Seattle on 5th Avenue from Denny Way to Virginia Street. The trees are starting to grow too close to the Monorail

“This work is really important to ensure the safety of the public and Monorail system,” said Darren Morgan with SDOT Urban Forestry.

The London Plane trees were brought in the 1960s for the World Fair. SDOT arborists will be looking for dead or cracked limbs and trimming ones that are growing directly into the Monorail system.

The tree trimming will impact drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who use 5th Avenue, a main arterial to downtown Seattle.

Seattle police officers will help direct traffic as some lanes could be blocked on and off and parking spots will be taken up as well for heavy equipment.

"If we notice things do get backed-up we’ll make some changes and adjust and make sure traffic flow is moving through our worksite,” said Morgan.

Crews will try their best not to interfere with morning and evening rush hour on 5th Avenue. They'll be trimming trees Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next month.

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