Coastal protection work in Vaima’anga extended

Monday July 20, 2020 Written by Published in Environment
Local company T&M Heather Limited have been engaged to carry out construction of the rock revetment structure in the Vaima’anga district. Supplied/20071904 Local company T&M Heather Limited have been engaged to carry out construction of the rock revetment structure in the Vaima’anga district. Supplied/20071904

Coastal construction and improvement works will be continuing in the Vaima’anga district as part of Infrastructure Cook Islands’ ongoing asset management and improvement programme.

Following the completion of 120 metres of the rock wall in August last year, a further 165 metre extension of the rock wall will begin construction mid this month. The project is expected to complete in September.

T&M Heather Limited have been engaged to carry out construction of the rock revetment structure.

Project manager Robert Heather Jnr said: “During this period minor access and travel disruptions in Vaima’anga are to be expected, including limited access to the Sheraton coastline. Temporary speed restrictions and lane closures will be implemented by the Contractor as part of required site safety and traffic management.”

An Environmental Impact Assessment approval has been granted for the Vaima’anga (Sheraton) site with conditions to be adhered to by the project team and contractors.

“This project aims to enhance the protection of vulnerable infrastructure assets including underground utility services within the road corridor, private property and associated infrastructure, and the main road from ongoing coastal erosion and one off erosion events related to storms and high seas,” the assessment said.

“This project will facilitate further road improvements to progress a robust, safer and more resilient road network which will assist with the continued social and economic development of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands.”

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