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Tree Removal for New Swale to Improve Drainage

Four trees along Dunmore Road SE being removed to make room for new design

Post Date:04/15/2019 9:20 AM

Medicine Hat – On Tuesday, April 16, four large trees are being removed along Dunmore Road SE between 28 Street SE and Southview Drive. This tree removal is part of a project to create an engineered swale that will improve stormwater drainage along this section of the boulevard. Once the swale is constructed, new trees will be planted in their place. 

Currently, poor drainage in this location is causing water build-up that affects the road and backs up into neighbouring residential lots. All affected residents in the area have been notified of the project and are aware of its benefits to their home and properties. 

A swale, or graded depression, is designed to direct runoff and slowly release it into storm drains. By reducing runoff speed, more water will be absorbed, alleviating the current drainage issue. The first step to create the swale is to remove the trees where it must be located. 

The swale will be constructed out of concrete matting with holes to allow grass to grow over top. Once the swale is constructed, new trees will be planted. An arborist will be onsite to assist with the tree removal and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department has been consulted on the tree removal and replacement. 

Visit the project page under What’s New > In the Works to view the swale design.

Motorists are asked to obey all signs in the area as the existing four trees are removed, and to drive carefully past work crews. Construction of the swale will begin in May. 

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Municipal Works Department

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