The removal of a large sugar maple tree at the corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sidewalk and right turn lane on Maple Park will be closed for the day. Detour signs will be posted. East Campus tenants and South Capitol Neighborhood residents will hear noise related to the removal.
While tree is healthy, it must be removed to make room for new curb ramps for pedestrian safety at the crosswalk. The corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South is the construction site of a new Capitol Campus childcare center for state employees. The wood will be stored and ultimately used for a design project that will be integrated into the new facility.
Ultimately, this construction project will add 37 new trees to the Capitol Campus. The mix of deciduous and flowering species are in addition to the 100 new trees being planted on the Campus in association with a National Association of State Foresters Centennial Challenge.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, trucks will be on the construction site to pour the foundation of the childcare center. Campus tenants, neighborhood residents and East Plaza tenants can expect to hear noise and see increased truck traffic related to the construction. There will be minimal impacts to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.