Tree removal along North Main Street set to begin Jan. 16

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 3:42pm

Weather permitting, Wake Forest Power tree crews will begin removing several trees along North Main Street, from North Avenue to the 500 block of North Main, Tuesday, Jan. 16. The work will continue each day from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. until completed.

All lanes along North Main Street are expected to remain open on Tuesday, but crews will close the southbound lane, between North Avenue and Cedar Avenue, on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 17-18, in order to remove three large maple trees. A signed detour will be in place directing southbound traffic around the work area. Delays are expected, so motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route if possible.

Urban Forestry Coordinator Jennifer Rall has identified the trees slated for removal as being in poor condition and in need of replacement. The usable wood from the trees that are cut down will be donated to families in need of firewood. The smaller limbs and branches will be chipped up and distributed as wood chips.

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is partnering with the Urban Forestry Division to replant trees along North Main to preserve the street's tree cover, which is vital to the area's historic character. The HPC voted to utilize a portion of the proceeds from the 2016 Christmas Historic Home Tour to fund the tree planting.

Additional tree removal and replacements will occur as funding becomes available. Tree replantings will begin once all the identified trees are removed.

For more information, contact Jennifer Rall at 919-435-9565 or