The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today that the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier in New Bedford and Fairhaven, Massachusetts, will be offline for routine operations for up to three months from January 24, 2022, so that operators can perform routine inspections and carry out various maintenance repairs.
Every eight to ten years, the USACE is required to conduct a dryout of the New Bedford hurricane barrier. Having the barrier off-line for routine operations allows USACE operators to thoroughly inspect areas behind sector gates that are normally hidden below water level, as well as perform various maintenance repairs. USACE also plans to replace the wheels along the sector gates and paint the barrier structures to prevent corrosion.
Although the barrier will be offline for approximately eight to 12 weeks and unavailable for routine operations associated with high tides, USACE has procedures in place to have the barrier fully operational again before any storms arrive. significant coastal forecast.
USACE officials have been coordinating with the Port Authority of New Bedford and the U.S. Coast Guard to notify marine stakeholders of this ongoing work and any potential impacts.
The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier extends across New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor and is located approximately 50 miles south of Boston. The project protects approximately 1,400 acres in New Bedford, Fairhaven and Acushnet from tidal flooding associated with hurricanes and coastal storms and has been in operation since January 1966.
For more information on the New Bedford Hurricane Protection Barrier, visit the USACE website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Flood -Risk Management/Massachusetts/New-Bedford