New mechanised flood gates being installed on State Highway 26 at Paeroa will enable Waikato Regional Council to provide full flood protection to the community faster.
It is expected the gates – manufactured in the United Kingdom and being installed adjacent to the Criterion Bridge which crosses the Ohinemuri River – will be operational in early October.
Hauraki Zone manager Karen Botting said the new gates will replace stoplogs which require 10 staff up to 90 minutes to put in place to provide full flood protection.
“Already this year, council staff have been ready to deploy the stoplogs three times,” Ms Botting said.
“The logs are specially designed pieces of steel that have been in use since 1986. They’ve been very effective, but as a result of this project the community will be protected much faster. It will take two staff just minutes to close the gates.
“As part of this $900,000 project, we’ll be putting in footings over the next couple of months to enable the gates to open and shut at the flick of a switch. During power outages, the gates will be opened and closed using a winch,” Ms Botting said.