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Western bank gabions stabilise Takuvaine stream

Monday 29 August 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Environment, National

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Western bank gabions stabilise Takuvaine stream

Contractors are continuing the widening and stabilisation of the Takuvaine stream bank where it approaches the new Empire bridge in Avarua.

Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) engineers said Landholdings Ltd is working on two small sections of gabion work to stabilise the banks and widen the stream.

The eastern bank gabion wall construction has been completed.

ICI said the clearance of the Takuvaine stream bed as well as the work on the eastern end has provided sufficient width from the Empire bridge up towards and alongside the Crown Law Office buildings, to reduce flooding.

A gabion is a cage, cylinder or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering including road building. Gabions are used to slow the speed of concentrated runoff or to stabilise slopes with seepage problems.