City to remove damaging, diseased trees near St. Louis Dr.

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Starting Wednesday, July 1, a tree care company retained by the City and County of Honolulu will remove six trees near the St. Louis Drive Bridge, near City Mill.

Two Opiuma trees and one Chinese Banyan tree will be removed from the makai side of Palolo Stream. An arborist has determined these trees to be diseased and have the potential to damage nearby utility pipes.

On the mauka side of the stream, the contractor will remove two monkey pod trees near the Regency Condominium which, officials say, are causing structural damage. The contractor will also remove one Java Plum tree from the in-stream area that could cause or contribute to area flooding.

Work will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is expected to be completed in three days. No lane closures are expected.

The contract cost is $10,471 to cut and drop the trees. Department of Facility Maintenance crews will remove the cut trees from the site.

There are no plans to replace the trees since officials say they are located in the stream bed area or in areas that pose a threat to the flood control improvements.

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