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Emergency works in Gisborne area move into final stage

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Council’s $4.9 million emergency works repair package moves into its third and final stage this month as major repair works were recently completed at Waipiro Bay, Waitahaia Road and Tokomaru Bay seawall.

Contractors are now planning to start critical repairs on Onepoto, Whakiangiangi and East Cape Roads.

Above: Major works on McIlroys Road, Waipiro Bay

Summer visitors will notice much-improved access points along our east coast, especially along McIlroys Road in Waipiro Bay where major works took place this year to stabilise land above and below the road.

Big swells and working with the tides were challenges involved in building over 200 metres of rock wall along Beach Road in Tokomaru Bay. Over 5000 tonnes large rock could only be placed at low tide, which proved challenging especially when combined with bad weather.

A large slip on Waitahaia Road (above) near Tokomaru Bay required land to be stabilised on the hill above the road and a large part of the road to be relocated and totally rebuilt.

Above: Stage one included major drainage works on Poroporo Road, near Tikitiki

Council Journeys capital projects officer Erroll Clarke says that these projects are key components in the recovery from recent weather events.

"Our network is still a long way from where we want it to be, but projects like these are definitely a step in the right direction and a sign of things to come from Council. The feedback from the community has been great."

Final stage

The major project in the final stage of the programme are the safety improvement works on East Cape Road to repair an unstable area at the 2.2km mark. Work will start this month to move over eight thousand cubic metres of land and build a rock revetment to protect the road from rising sea levels.

The road will remain open for the duration of the works, which are expected to be completed in January.

A bridge abutment will be repaired on Onepoto Road where minor earthworks will take place, as well as rock placement. Work is expected to start in November for up to two weeks. The road will remain open and under traffic management.

Works will also take place in November on rebuilding a road shoulder on Whakiangiangi Road. The river level will determine the speed of these works, which are also expected to take up to two weeks. The road and bridge will remain open for the duration of the works.

Emergency works packages are funded by the National Land Transport Fund and Council.

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