Local Marshallese contractor, Pacific International Inc., was awarded the contract for the construction of a rock revetment along the northeastern coastline of the lagoon near Amata Kabua International Airport (AKIA). The revetment, which will be approximately 3,000 feet in length, will extend from the existing rock revetment near the airport terminal to the pump station at the airport water reservoirs. When constructed, the revetment will protect the existing shoreline in the area which is currently being eroded. It will also provide protection to airport water reservoirs and the main island/airport road, which gets inundated by seawater during king tide events as shown in the picture below.
Construction of the rock revetment will start as soon as the Notice To Proceed (NTP) is issued to the contractor. “We are working with PII on the required bonds and hopeful that the NTP will be issued by April 2015,” said RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum.