Paradise boardwalk reopened following riverbank remediation

15-12-2017

Paradise boardwalk reopened following riverbank remediation

Work to repair a storm-damaged section of riverbank along the River Torrens in Paradise, as well as a nearby boardwalk, is now complete.

SA Water, the Campbelltown City Council and City of Tea Tree Gully began the $400,000 project in mid-November, with all repairs including the boardwalk reinstatement initially scheduled to be finished early in the new year.

SA Water's General Manager of Asset Operations and Delivery Mark Gobbie said favourable weather through much of the repairs and the hard work of the crew helped to get the job done by Christmas.

"Our priority, as with all projects, is to carry out work safely, in relation to our staff and contractors, as well as the local community," Mark said.

"We were able to complete the riverbank remediation near Alder Street in Paradise earlier than expected. There were only a small number of days where work couldn't go ahead as planned because of heavy rainfall.

"As part of the project, we created a temporary clay bund around the worksite, which allowed us to pour concrete at the foot at the riverbank. We also installed gabion walls to support the bank through any future high water events.

"Gabion walls are steel baskets filled with rocks that blend in with the natural look of the river surroundings. These methods also aim to protect surrounding infrastructure during extreme weather conditions.

The River Torrens and Linear Park are managed jointly by state and local governments, with SA Water often contributing its expertise in engineering and construction management.

Over the past 12 months, SA Water has been contributing to the repair of several sites affected by extreme weather events which eroded parts of the Torrens riverbank late last year.

"These sites are assessed and prioritised based on safety, the volume and frequency of visitors they receive, and the likelihood they might deteriorate further in the near-term," Mark said.

Following necessary approvals, work will be scheduled at the remaining locations during 2018.

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