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City puts tender out for Victoria St improvements

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The east end of Victoria Street in Hamilton is scheduled for improvements (Photograph supplied)

A city street is to be beautified with new trees and extra street lights.

The eastern end of Victoria Street is due for a remake, with trees to be replaced and extra street lights.

A spokeswoman for the City of Hamilton said the work, at the east end of Victoria Street, would replace trees that threatened to collapse a retaining wall near the junction with King Street.

She added: “The trees there are very mature, with extensive surface roots that have caused upheaval of the sidewalk and created tripping hazards.

“Sections of the sidewalk are very narrow and no longer meet our code.

“Also, there is a retaining wall that supports the sidewalk above the ex-Artillery building which is being pushed out by the roots of the adjacent tree and will eventually collapse if not dealt with.”

The spokeswoman said the target area was along the south side of the street from the People’s Pharmacy car park to the King Street junction.

Details of the project were revealed after the City of Hamilton issued an invitation to tender for the work.

The local authority, which emphasised it was not under any obligation to accept any bid, asked for sealed tenders before a 3pm deadline yesterday.

Trees breaking through the pavement along Victoria Street (File photograph)

The spokeswoman said the City planned to widen the sidewalk and plant five new trees, with root guides to prevent an upheaval of the paving.

Three new street lights will be added where only two exist at present.

The retaining wall will be rebuilt.

She said on-street car parking would remain.

A retaining wall along Victoria Street to be replaced as part of a refurbishment (Photograph supplied)

The spokeswoman added: “The result will be a wider, smoother more attractive sidewalk – currently it has a rough asphalt finish – with new trees and better lighting.”

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Published December 18, 2021 at 7:58 am (Updated December 18, 2021 at 7:58 am)

City puts tender out for Victoria St improvements

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