The first of approximately a dozen trees were removed Monday morning from a Hannibal right-of-way.

The 1900 and 2000 blocks of Broadway in Hannibal were closed to through traffic Monday morning while an old maple tree was removed from a city right-of-way.

The tree was being cut down in order to gain front access to a house slated for demolition next week, said Aaron Davis of the Hannibal Street Department.

Davis added the Broadway tree was the first of approximately a dozen trees on public right-of-ways that the city will remove over the coming weeks. Some of the trees were deemed hazardous by city staff, while others were being removed on the recommendation of the Hannibal Tree Board.

Roy’s Tree Service was working in conjunction with Hannibal Street Department personnel to remove the tree and perform the subsequent cleanup work Monday.