Officials postpone attempt to complete UM tree move

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — Crews will wait one more day before trying to complete the relocation of a 250-year-old tree on the University of Michigan campus.

The 65-foot-tall bur oak is being moved 500 feet down a pedestrian walkway to make way for a $135 million donor-funded expansion of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Workers from a Texas company that specializes in such moves and a Detroit-based contractor moved the tree 90-plus percent of the way Saturday. On Sunday, one of the inflatable air bladders holding up the tree burst, halting the move. Officials considered trying to finish the move Monday, but decided to postpone it for another day.

The plan is to slide the tree into its final resting place sometime Tuesday.