Beginning Monday, February 24, forestry crews with the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will remove trees as part of the renovation of Nebraska's Centennial Mall. About 60 trees will be removed in the four blocks of the seven-block Mall closed to vehicular traffic - two at the north end and two at the south end. Some temporary street or lane closures may be necessary in the immediate area during the removal process.
J.J. Yost, Planning and Construction Manager for Parks and Recreation, said the trees being removed are generally aged, in decline and some cases represent a safety concern due to the current condition of the Mall. The trees are being removed to prepare for the second phase of construction scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer. The tree removal has been scheduled ahead of migratory bird nesting season as required by federal law. The process is expected to take about one week.
About 100 new trees were planted in the center three blocks of the Mall during the first phase of the project in 2012 and 2013. They were planted in an environment that will promote the establishment and long-term sustainability of the new trees. The third phase of Mall renovation will create the same kind of conditions for the planting of 126 new trees on the four outside blocks in 2015 and 2016.