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Overnight work sliced off trees killed by gas

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UPDATED, June 11: Arlington Department of Public Works removed a tree at Uncle Sam Plaza overnight Thursday , May 31, into Friday morning, June 1, but did not take down 11 trees killed by natural gas on Mass. Ave. between Jason and Pleasant streets.

That work took place June 7-8. Michael Rademacher, DPW director, confirmed that the 11 trees were taken down. A check of the area shows they were cut off near sidewalk level, but not removed.

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Rademacher wrote in an email June 1: "The tree at Uncle Sam park was removed. To allow us the ability to plant another tree at the same location in the future, we spent a good deal of time working to remove the entire root system.

"As such, we did not have time last night to remove the other trees along Mass. Ave."

Gas leaks in the area caused the demise of the trees on Mass. Ave., a town news release says.

National Grid has since performed repairs to the main and DPW is working with National Grid to have funds made available to replant the trees.

The town, through its work with the Town Manager’s Gas Leaks Task Force, continues to work with National Grid to identify and reduce the number of leaks and subsequent impacts to trees in Arlington.

Despite best efforts to maintain its health, the tree at Uncle Sam Park on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Mystic Street, was removed because the disturbance to the tree’s root system during the recent renovation proved to be too much for the tree to survive. An appropriate replacement tree for the park is being evaluated.

Traffic remained open and police detail was onsite to direct traffic. 

Read more about how National Grid addresses gas leaks and how to report them at

Read full details at 

This news announcement was published Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and updated June 11.

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