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Stumps are all that’s left of eight trees that have been cut down in the 700 block of Commercial Ave. as part of the city’s $27,000 project to reduce trip hazards.

The trees were removed last weekend by Schwetz Construction. which is expected to begin reconstructing the sidewalks next week. The project is expected to take only about 10 working days.

Once work is done, new trees, Armstrong maples, will be planted. The trees being removed were planted in 2001 as part of a sidewalk replacement project. their root systems have expended beyond root barriers, causing sections of sidewalk to be lifted.

Deeper and wider tree wells will be dug and an aeration system will be constructed to encourage roots to grow down instead of spreading out.

Meanwhile, the city is hoping to get by with a less expensive process on other streets by vacuuming out the root area and installing new root barriers.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,024 Confirmed Skagit Cases
410-419 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

324 Hospitalizations
70 Deaths
48,187 Fully Vaccinated
59,306 Initial Doses Given


385,762 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,019 Hospitalizations

5,614 Deaths Statewide
2,683,216 Fully Vaccinated
3,528,927 Initial Doses Given

Updated 8 pm, May 12, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times