Crews worked Monday to remove 59 ash trees from downtown Lexington and replace them with 55 Ginkgo biloba trees.
The project, on Broadway and on Vine and Main streets, will take two to three days, said Stacy Borden, a registered consulting arborist for contractor The Tree Man. The Tree Man has been hired by the city to remove the trees and replace them. Many of the ash trees have been in downtown Lexington for more than 15 years, surpassing the average life of most street trees. The concrete boxes in which the trees sit do not allow the ash trees to grow, Borden said. Some of the trees also had been damaged by the emerald ash borer, an insect that kills ash trees.