Part of one of Hamilton’s busiest intersections will be under traffic management for two days next week to ensure the safe removal of a large stand of trees.
A group of gum trees and Tasmanian blackwoods will be removed from beside the Wairere Dr-River Rd intersection, due to concerns about overhanging branches and the possibility of the trees losing branches or collapsing.
An immediate removal of the trees is considered the most efficient and sensible way of managing the work.
Used by an estimated 28,000 vehicles per day, the intersection is one of Hamilton’s busiest.
The job is significant, and requires the closure of the eastbound left-turning lane from Wairere Dr on to River Rd. The lane closure will be in place between 9am and 3pm on Tuesday 21 August and Wednesday 22 August.
Hamilton City Council’s Parks and Recreation Manager Maria Barrie says vehicles using the intersection will still be able to turn left from Wairere Dr on to River Rd, but will need to enter the intersection to do so.
“Safety is our top priority for all tree work, and to ensure safety at this site we will need to close the left-turn lane,” she says.
“Some of the trees are up to 20m high and we need the right amount of space to work with when they’re taken down, to ensure there’s no risk to vehicles or people passing by. That means our work site has to encroach on to one part of the intersection.
“Safety is our top priority for all tree work, and to ensure safety at this site we will need to close the left-turn lane,”
“We appreciate there will be some disruption to people travelling and we apologise for that,” she says.