On Dec. 14, City of Prince Rupert employees were busy digging into the sidewalks to make room for trees to add green to Third Avenue West. (City of Prince Rupert photo)

UPDATE: Tree planting won’t damage sidewalks on Third Avenue West

City of Prince Rupert dug up holes on downtown sidewalks to make space for trees

Crews were busy digging up space for trees along Third Avenue West.

The work began in the morning on Dec. 14, and is part of an effort to improve the look of downtown Prince Rupert.

In an email, city communications manager Veronika Stewart addressed concerns that the planting may damage the new sidewalks.

“There is existing infrastructure to accommodate the trees, so no damage to the new sidewalk has been necessary. There are grates with concrete pots below so that roots don’t damage nearby sub-grade infrastructure, and these are built in all along the sidewalk on 3rd Avenue,” Stewart said.

She added that the funds from the grants can only be used for tree planting and not spent on other projects.

“This work is funded in part by the Tree Canada/Arbres Canada CN EcoConnexions and BC Hydro granting programs. We look forward to seeing the work complete,” stated the post on the city’s Facebook page.

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