Some of the street trees planted along North Albany Road don’t look so hot these days. They seem to be suffering from drought and heat, and if they’re not already dead, the city is trying to keep them alive.
A reader called my attention to the sad state of many of the young trees, planted after North Albany Road was reconstructed in 2015 at a cost of $6.6 million.
The subcontractors who plant trees as part of street projects normally guarantee them for a period of time. I wondered if this was the case here.
Staci Belcastro, the city engineer, told me that the trees planted as part of this project are no longer covered by the project warranty.
“I took a look at them during my lunch hour and some of the trees do appear to be stressed, and not coping well with the hot temperatures,”she told me via email on Monday. “My understanding is Parks and Recreation staff was out earlier today to water the trees and are monitor their health.”
Those green bags at the base of the trunks suggest that if these trees can be given enough water, they may yet be saved. (hh)