SE Thorburn Lanes Closed for Tree Pruning

On March 8th, crews with Tree Masters Inc will close a portion of SE Thorburn Street near 7256 SE Thorburn Street. Arborists will heavily prune two large Deodar Cedars hanging over the street. Expect delays using the road that connects E Burnside Street and the Washington Stark couplet. Drivers may need to find an alternate route at times throughout the day.

Tree maintenance is essential around roadways, particularly with these larger street-adjacent trees at the base of Mt. Tabor. Last January, a large tree fell across SE 74th Avenue, pulling down power lines and partially blocking SE Thorburn Street. The tree’s root ball pivoted from the ground, breaking the sidewalk. During that cleanup work, crews blocked one lane of SE Stark Street west of SE 76th Avenue for several days.

Stump and broken sidewalk from toppled toppled tree – January, 2023

The one-day disruption to traffic could prevent a multi-day road closure due to an unexpected broken limb or downed tree. Use caution while walking and driving in this area. There will be detour signs and flaggers to direct traffic around Thorburn.

Updated to include additional project information from Tree Masters Inc. and corrected the arborists initial statement about removing a tree. Added pictures 10:30 a.m.