Elms to be removed along Burrowes Road on June 30

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Burrowes Road on the University Park campus will be closed between Pollock Road and Curtin Road starting at 6:30 a.m. on June 30 to allow arborists to remove two elm trees suffering from possible elm yellows disease.

Burrowes will be closed to through traffic, including CATA buses and shuttle services. Access to Red H, Red D and Green C parking lots and loading areas will be maintained.

Burrowes should be reopened to all traffic by mid-afternoon.

Elm yellows, also known as elm phloem necrosis, is specific to North American elms and is caused by a bacteria-like organism that infects the root cells and the phloem -- the inner bark that carries nutrients to all parts of the tree. The disease essentially prevents the tree from receiving adequate nourishment.

There is no known cure for elm yellows and trees usually die within a year or two from the time they are infected. Elm yellows is spread by the elm leafhopper.

Last Updated June 27, 2016