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Albany city crews will be removing about 17 street trees starting Monday in advance of upcoming street improvements on Hill Street between Queen Avenue and 24th Avenue.

Tree removal is anticipated to be completed by the end of February. The streets will remain open to through traffic during the work.

Hill Street is undergoing full reconstruction, with sidewalks, storm drains, some sewer work, new pavement, striping, street lighting and landscaping. The construction cost is expected to cost about $1.87 million.

Some of the trees are being taken out because they'll be in the way of work on storm drains and curbs, said Staci Belcastro, city engineer.

Work on Hill Street isn't expected to begin until summer, but the timing of the tree removal will allow for compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The act includes an extensive list of birds that aren't to be disturbed once they're nesting, said Belcastro. 

New street trees will be planted with the street improvements by fall 2018.

Questions should be directed to the City of Albany Public Works Department at 541-917-7676.

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