Monday, December 3, 2012

Good ideas are being spawned for "harbor locks" of some kind in the wake of Sandy

They are famous in the Netherlands for preventing flooding like this area just saw. They use them in St. Petersburg Russia to prevent the same problems. They are seascape plans to prevent flooding on the scale of Superstorm Sandy from happening again and there are many ways to go about it: 

*A towering structure in the shadow of the Verrazano Bridge, with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop, complete with twin 640-foot gates or "locks".

*80-foot rock barrier rising from the Atlantic Ocean, stretching for 5 miles from Breezy Point, Queens, to Sandy Hook, N.J. — and topped with a new highway.

*A 1,700-foot wall spanning the Arthur Kill, featuring a pedestrian walkway, a bike path, hydroelectric power and a system of locks for passing ships.

Either way the area chose to go about this it is no longer being considered a pier in the sky idea, it is very real and some serious people are serious about making something like this happen. We here at the Jersey City Desk are for making something like this happen. Our plan would be the giant locks idea. It has proven to work in the Netherlands and we'd not need to reinvent the wheel on this one. An expert did however say this idea would require three locks, not just one. Obviously it wouldn't keep all the water out but could greatly minimize the flooding that the tri-state area just suffered through.

What about you? Do you have a workable plan or do you support one of these ideas? Hit us up in comments ye engineering kinds...

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