Traffic Alert: Duke University Road Restricted Thursday Afternoon

Damaged 110-feet pine tree to be removed

Duke University Road will be restricted Thursday afternoon between Towerview Road and Cameron Boulevard so crews can remove a damaged tree that threatens the road.
Duke University Road will be restricted Thursday afternoon between Towerview Road and Cameron Boulevard so crews can remove a damaged tree that threatens the road.

Access along Duke University Road will be restricted Thursday afternoon to remove a damaged pine tree that is at imminent risk of falling.

Vice President of Facilities John Noonan said the damaged tree stands about 110-feet tall and is split and leaning toward Duke University Road.

“The tree was probably damaged in a storm,” he said. “There is a split in the trunk of about 4 to 5 inches, so we are bringing in a crane to have the tree removed. This will impact traffic along Duke University Road, but because of the state of the tree we cannot wait to have it removed later."

Tree damaged along Duke University Road
Work is expected to begin around 1:30 p.m. and will likely continue through the early evening hours. Access along Duke University Road between Towerview Road and Cameron Boulevard will be restricted to one lane during the tree removal, and access will be managed by on-site crews.

Officials advised those who typically travel Duke University Road between Towerview Road and Cameron Boulevard to seek an alternative route along Science Drive or Erwin Road until the project is complete.

“The road should be open later tonight, so morning commuters on Friday should not be affected,” Noonan said.