Black Hills Energy to help trim trees on West Chicago Street

RAPID CITY, SD — Rapid City and Black Hills Energy will work together to deal with trees that could interfere with power lines.

3 28 Trim Trees Vo00 00 51 14still010Next week, Black Hills Energy crews will trim or remove some 60 spring snow crabapple trees along West Chicago Street. The trees were planted by the city around 20 years ago and line the street from Platt to North 44th.

At least 29 of the trees will be trimmed while another 32 will be removed. However, something else will be taking their place.

“There’ll be trees that the length aren’t like the spring crabapple trees that are there now,” says Rapid City Communications Coordinator Darrell Shoemaker. “The new trees and shrubs basically won’t have that interaction. They won’t grow to a length or a height that causes some issues with the utility lines overhead.”

Crews will begin work on Tuesday of next week, April 5, which will start the first phase of Black Hills Energy’s five year plan to proactively manage trees that could create issues with power lines.

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