A vehicle makes its way across the newly-paved Pine Street in Upland.
A vehicle makes its way across the newly-paved Pine Street in Upland. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)
UPLAND - One of the city's most notable tree-lined streets has undergone a transformation.

Pine Street, known for its pine trees that reached up at least 100 feet and wreaked havoc on the street's asphalt, is now a smooth ride.

The solution involved removing the trees and replacing them with a less invasive species.

"It was extremely bad," Mayor Ray Musser said. "Something had to be done and the only way to do it was take the trees down."

Public Works Department officials in March 2011 met with Pine Street residents to discuss the project. The residents were almost unanimous against the pine trees.

"Twenty-nine out of 30 residents that we met with wanted the trees removed," said Bob Critchfield, principal engineer for the city. "They were insistent on replacing them with another species of pine."

City officials decided on planting Canary Island pines, which are less aggressive and better suited for the area's size, Critchfield said.

The new trees will reach 60 feet in height when fully mature.

"So it will still be a large tree, which is what the residents had requested," he said.

"It does take a fair amount of water to establish the root structure, but, with the proper watering, we're confident that the trees will not be as aggressive as what we saw."

The work on Pine also included asphalt pavement rehabilitation and utility improvements in select areas. A new potable water pipeline and city furnished LED street lights were also installed.

The street improvement project was part of the city's five-year capital improvement plan, which outlines street projects.

The cost for the project was $887,749, which was under an $1 million estimate.

"We have $110,000 or $105,000 for another project, which always helps," Musser said.

"We did it wisely and it was an enormous problem that uprooted everybody there on that street for quite a period of time."


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