2021-10-11 - Progress on the College Road floodwall
The final stage of the Rangitāiki River floodwalls project along College Road is underway, with the 10 affected landowners supporting proposed designs and completion of the work.
The College Road section is the third and final stage to replace and upgrade the floodwalls along the Rangitāiki River, following the 2017 Edgecumbe flooding event.
The proposed design for the College Road floodwalls includes the installation of a new steel sheetpile wall into the stopbank, which will replace the existing concrete floodwall and provide more effective seepage control below ground.
Once the sheetpile wall is installed, it will be encased in concrete and a pool-style fence will be installed on top of the wall. This will enhance the look of the wall and provide security for neighbouring residents.
As part of the work with affected landowners, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana will undertake some general landscaping to leave the newly upgraded area looking tidy.
Project Team Leader Peter Hay says all the landowners have been great to work with.
“Open and ongoing communication with all parties has been at the heart of the project,” says Peter. “We’ve particularly appreciated the great cooperation and kind feedback we’ve received from landowners.”
Once the project has obtained resource consent, the works will go out for tender later this year. Works are scheduled to commence around November 2022 for a mid-2023 completion.
The Rangitāiki River floodwalls is part of the Regional Council’s flood protection work along the Rangitāiki River Scheme, which includes the Rangitāiki Floodway and Spillway development and future work along the lower catchment.
Flood protection, such as stopbanks and floodwalls, is the first line of defence when it comes to reducing the impact of significant flooding. These defences are important as the effects of a changing climate means there is an increased likelihood of more frequent heavy rain events and intense storms, alongside a rising sea level.
See the full details on Regional Council’s flood protection works along the scheme.