Work has resumed on Quay Street today for the cycleway extension.
To create a safe working zone around the three median islands, a traffic lane on both sides of the medians between Plumer Street and The Strand has been closed to traffic until Tuesday.
The work involves preparing the remaining ten trees in the median, before moving them to their new locations.
Traffic along Quay Street at this time of the year is lighter than usual but delays should be expected. Access to side streets and businesses along this section of Quay Street will remain open.
Auckland Transport was granted resource consent to relocate the trees in September 2017 by independent commissioners, following a hearings process.
The consent conditions addresses submitters concern with the relocation and transplanting of trees. Quay Street is a connection to Auckland’s city centre, shared by pedestrians, trucks, buses, cars, and bikes.
The cycleway extension will complement the different users for the street, keeping Quay Street moving and enabling cyclist safety.
Preparation of the trees and their transplanting is done under the supervision of qualified arborists. Four trees from Quay Street were successfully moved to new locations last week.
How are the trees prepared for transplanting?
- Prior to excavating the root balls of the trees, the trees will be sprayed with a product.
- The root balls are excavated carefully and primarily by hand with the assistance of a small excavator where required.
- The excavated root ball is wrapped to reduce soil moisture loss before transporting to the new location.