The latest version of a massive coastal barrier system is nearly in a form that could be presented and completely recommended to Congress for funding, officials said Tuesday.

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Jeff Patterson

Thanks John for the story. Just one clarification… the ring barrier will be 14 foot above mean sea level, which means that depending on the ground elevation, in many places it will be considerably shorter than 14 above the actual ground level. Looking forward to the virtual public meetings.

Gary Miller

14 ft? A Cat 2 storm nearly over topped the 23 ft TC/LM storm levee. If a ring levee is over topped it will be worse than nothing. 14 ft might make a half a--- breakwater.

Bailey Jones

If they're going to build a sea gate between Galveston and Bolivar, it seems like an opportunity to connect the two with a road. It looks like it terminates at Seawall Blvd already.

David Schuler

Unless the road only works when the barrier is closed, then there would still need to be a bridge, and a very tall and hurricane-proof one at that. Therein lies the problem.

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