UM not moving tree until next week
Detroit – — An attempt to complete the relocation of a centuries-old tree on the University of Michigan campus has been postponed until next week.
An official with the Tomball, Texas, company overseeing the project says the move scheduled for Tuesday was called off so planners could finalize a new safety plan — one that became necessary when an inflatable air bladder holding up the tree burst Sunday.
Environmental Design vice president Paul Cox says he and the work crew will return to Ann Arbor on Monday to roll the 65-foot-tall bur oak into its new home in front of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
The 250-year-old tree is being moved 500 feet to make way for a $135 million donor-funded expansion of the Ross School. Transporting the tree and surrounding ground, which combined will weigh up to 850,000 pounds, is expected to cost as much as $400,000.
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