USACE Urges $30B Coastal Barrier System Along Texas Coast

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has recommended its preferred method for protecting parts of the Texas Gulf Coast from storm surges and flooding

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has recommended its preferred method for protecting parts of the Texas Gulf Coast from storm surges and flooding. This course-of-action would provide a 78-mile long barrier system built along Galveston Island and inside Galveston Bay and the Bolivar Peninsula.

The estimated cost of building these barriers, gates and levees would run between $23 billion and $30 billion and would provide more protection to the oil and chemical facilities in that area.

The recommendation followed a three-year study by the USACE and is very similar to earlier proposals made by Texas A&M University in Galveston and the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, a coalition of six counties organized following Hurricane Ike to study and recommend plans to protect the area from storm surges.

USACE officials recommended the construction of a 1,200-wide floating sector gate at Boliver Roads, located between Galveston Island and Boliver Peninsula and at the entrance to the Houston-Galveston Ship Channel. Read full article.