13 February 2018
A section of Hamilton’s Silverdale Rd will be under “stop/go” sign traffic control in coming days while two large stands of poplar trees are removed.
The trees – near the intersection of Morrinsville Rd (SH26) and Silverdale Rd - have become increasingly difficult for Hamilton City Council to manage.
The trees have been dropping limbs annually, and now present a safety risk to road users, pedestrians and neighbouring residents. WEL Networks also has concerns about the proximity of these trees to high-voltage power lines and electricity infrastructure nearby.
Following discussions with WEL Networks, the urgent removal of these trees will begin this Wednesday, 14 February. The scale of the removal job will require traffic management on Silverdale Rd, and the road will be down to one lane, and under “stop/go” sign control for five-minute intervals between 9am and 3pm, for the duration of the project.
The job will be staged across the next two weeks and is expected to take place over six days: from 14 February to 16 February, with a second phase from 21 February to 23 February.
Motorists are urged to be patient and cautious in the area while the job is underway.