Monday, June 8, 2009
Tree Falls To Buckled Sidewalk
at 5:20 PM Posted by Middletown Eye (Ed McKeon)
This morning a contractor for the city toppled a Bradford Pear tree that stood in front of Javapalooza. The twenty-five foot tree was one of the taller, fuller trees on the East side of Main Street in the blocks between Washington and Court Streets. Sidewalk inspector Rick Romano told me that the tree was buckling the pavement (more than likely it was only bucking the fake brick closest to the curbing because evidence of buckling on the walkway is minimal) and so it had to be removed because it was causing a tripping hazard. Inspections of the sidewalk have taken place over the last three years. Bradford Pears are frequently planted because they offer spectacular flowering in the spring and fiery foliage in the fall, with plenty of shade in between. However, their branches are brittle and the trees often topple in wind storms.
The city's contract forester, Dana Whitney, has suggested replacing the tree with an amelanchier, or grandiflora. The replacement tree is expected to be purchased and planted within the next few weeks.