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Shelby this week Interview - 24 Mile Rd Construction Project

Major improvements and changes on 24 Mile Road, but more importantly, the trees haven’t changed at all. John Martin gives us the details.
The ongoing construction to install a 42” diameter water main under 24 Mile Road has created some challenges for commuters and residents alike. This is to be expected, as this is a massive project. As the old saying goes, short-term pain brings long-term gain.
One of the townships’ top priorities is the preservation of trees along this scenic route. To that end, arborist Kay Sicheneder from Owen Tree Service has been hired to protect our trees.
The construction has been moving along all winter and they, at this point, have not come to our critical part of our construction site, which is between Shelby and Mound where the trees are closer to the road. So, my understanding is that all the excavation they have done they even haven’t hit a single root yet. So, that’s wonderful.
They expect that excavation to start between Shelby and Mound in maybe 3 weeks, 2 - 3 weeks. So, I will be on site to watch and try to get as little damage to the trees as possible and still be able to do the project that they have to do. So, the trimming went well. We did that during the winter time, as planned, so that they so that they wouldn’t create a lot of wounding during the infection period for Oak Wilt disease. So, and some folks actually did call and said “now, those wound aren’t painted and what’s the deal with that?” Well, when you prune them in the winter time, or well before the season when the insect vectors are active that spread the Oak Wilt, you’re okay. The tree has its own defenses, it seals it off itself, and you’re better off just leaving it alone.
Having said that, we did have to paint a few trees last week because as they’re moving that large equipment around, and swinging and the big, huge pipe, and whatnot that they have to do a couple of little chunks of bark did get knocked off of four trees in total, three of which were oak. So, they painted that. You’ll see it kind of looks like bark-brown, basically, so that the insect vectors won’t be attracted to that wound. So, that’s about it. Everybody’s leafing out. We should see how good their color is and whatnot and know a little bit more about their shape in another month or so.
It looks like you’re very attentive to all these trees.
It’s my job. Yeah, I want to keep on top of it so they get through this with the least amount of stress as possible.
So, the main worry we have is for the trees that are close to the road - the roots?
Yes. That is my big concern and we really don’t know what we’re going to find. It does look to be a lighter soil here, which is going to help a lot, which means they may be rooted a little more deeper, but they’re going to excavate way deep, but it may not be as spread out. It’s the spread we’re gonna worried about most. But, you just never know. If we could just see into the soil it would make my job so much easier, but that’s why you just have to wait and go as you see and we’ll adjust as best as we can.
I guess we’ll have you back in a week or two.
Alright, yeah, that would be great. Thanks, John.
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