The next Big Dig? UMass study warns Boston Harbor barrier not worth cost or effort – The Boston Globe

By Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff May 30, 2018
Building a massive barrier wall in Boston Harbor to protect the city from the increasing risk of flooding isn’t worth a price tag that could reach $11 billion, according to a new study for a City Hall-led commission.

A research team at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Sustainable Solutions Lab said the city should instead focus on smaller, shore-based projects, estimating it would take at least 30 years to build a wall while the need for solutions is far more immediate.

The study was the first to look at the feasibility of a harbor barrier wall, and it analyzed construction costs, as well as the impact on the environment, waterfront neighborhoods, and the region’s marine industry.

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