Oak Bay Avenue - Tree Removal, Tree Planting and Sidewalk Trip Hazard Remediation Project

May 28, 2020 - Council approves the plan to remove 4 large maple trees from Oak Bay Avenue, causing sidewalk heaving, interference with underground infrastructure (power/telecommunications conduits, water services) and tripping hazards.  A report from the Manager of Parks Services describing the issues and the way ahead can be found here.

Scope of project:

  • Removal of trees (1-2 days)
  • Removal of stumps (2-7 days per stump, due to proximity of underground infrastructure such as conduits, water service lines, etc) - requires complete sidewalk closure 10 meters in each direction
  • Temporary asphalt repair of sidewalk (1-2 days)
  • Permanent concrete repair of sidewalks/replanting of trees

The initial project concept was to complete all of the work during the period of April-June 2020, when businesses were shut mostly shut down due to COVID-19.  Staff determined to take a slower approach to the project in order to minimize summer disruptions to businesses re-opening along the Avenue.

The project is jointly managed and executed by Parks Services and Public Works.

Project Status:

  • Mid-July 2020 - First two trees removed, replanted and concrete work completed.
  • October 8, 2020 - Final four trees on Oak Bay Avenue removed.
  • December 2020 - project was been delayed until the new year, in order to minimize disruptions to businesses during the lead up to the Christmas holiday season.  The aim at that time was to complete tree removal and temporary rehabilitation of the sidewalks in early 2021, with permanent concrete rehabilitation and tree planting to occur in the March/April timeframe, weather permitting.
  • May, 2021 - the project has been put on hold as the District works to resolve right of way issues related to the proximity of private property adjacent to the trees in question.  See this report for more information.

Questions can be directed to the the Superintendent of Public Works, David Brozuk, at 250-598-4501 or dbrozuk@oakbay.ca.