As part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project, the trees along the main strip in Downtown Oakville are being replaced. The following is meant to provide an overview of the project, with links to additional information.
When are the trees being removed?
The trees will be removed starting in March 2019 to coincide with the beginning of construction on Lakeshore Road. This is also a dormant period for the local bird population, so will minimize the impact on wildlife.
Will the trees be transplanted?
An extensive arborist study was completed in August 2018 and determined that the trees are not good candidates for transplanting. Many of the trees are in poor condition because their roots have no room to extend outward, which has led to defects over time. As well, the trees are planted among a number of utilities, making transplantation extremely difficult.
How will the trees be replaced?
New trees will be planted using a best-practice technique that utilizes “silva cells.” A silva cell is a modular building block that can contain unlimited amounts of healthy soil beneath paving while also supporting traffic loads and surrounding utilities.
Planting the new trees using silva cells will allow roots to grow laterally under the road, resulting in healthier, longer-lasting trees.
For more information, visit the Town of Oakville’s Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project page here.