You may notice some work happening on the shoulder of Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley in the next couple weeks. Crews will be removing trees. These trees are ones that can’t be saved and present a danger. About 50 of the Lombardy poplar trees that were originally planted in the 1990s to screen the view of the Spaulding salvage yard are dead or diseased. They generally have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years so are hitting the end of it right now. That makes them dangerous as they could fall onto the freeway.
The trees will be replaced with Austrian pine and Rocky Mountain junipers later this fall.