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The tees Barrage
The Tees Barrage
by Rob Barlow
It took four years to build and it contains 650 tonnes of steel. Opened in 1995, the Tees Barrage is as impressive a feat of engineering as the famous Transporter Bridge.
The barrage was built to improve the river's watersport's facilities by stabilising a stretch of the river which was previously tidal.
Four massive flood gates, each weighing fifty tonnes, are operated by hydraulic pistons.
They make sure the river upstream stays at a constant level.
As part of Teesside's regeneration the area surrounding the barrage was landscaped.
There are facilities for rafting, water skiing, kyaking and other watersport's.
last updated: 25/11/2008 at 15:12
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