Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in need of upgrades, environmental groups warn

STORM ­­WARNING: Providence Chief Engineer Craig Hochman at the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. Several environmental groups have warned the barrier is in need of fixes or should be replaced amid a warming climate.
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MICHAEL SALERNO
STORM ­­WARNING: Providence Chief Engineer Craig Hochman at the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. Several environmental groups have warned the barrier is in need of fixes or should be replaced amid a warming climate.
PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE once led the nation in hurricane protection. But in the half-century since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the $14 million project has lost its luster. The metal has corroded, the steel scratched and beaten down. But the gates, pipes and valves of the structure itself aren’t the…

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