Union Democrat staff

There will be temporary closures of Jackson Street and Yaney Avenue near Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora on Thursday for a tree maintenance project at the historic park.

Tuolumne County Facilities Manager Ed Hoag said the work should last only part of the day and mostly involves trimming the tops of some of the square’s sycamore trees.

“We had a recommendation to trim a little bit out of them,” Hoag said. “It’s mostly a safety pruning type of project.”

The roads will need to be briefly closed Thursday for some of the Alley Tree Service equipment, Hoag said.

Tuolumne County Transit bus stops will be moved to outside nearby law offices for southbound riders and the Tuolumne County Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum for northbound riders.

Courthouse Square, a national historic landmark created in 1936, contains 11 trees that includes eight sycamores, an incense cedar, coastal redwood and deodar cedar.

Seven of the original trees planted in 1936 were removed in 2015 as part of a rehabilitation project.

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