New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, Massachusetts

A hurricane barrier extends across the mouth of the harbor at New Bedford, Massachusetts, the location of New England's largest fishing fleet. The barrier consists of 3.5 miles of dikes and gates, creating a wall roughly 20 feet tall, meant to protect the city and its harbor from the waves and flooding that would accompany a hurricane event. A 150 foot wide opening allows ships to move in and out of the harbor under normal conditions. In the event of a major storm, the opening is sealed by a steel door that rises out of the sea. The barrier is continued on shore around the coast as a rock covered mound, broken by three steel doors, normally open to allow cars to pass through. Buildings outside the barrier, although not protected, do enjoy an unobstructed view of the ocean.