The Army Corps of Engineers’ “Coastal Texas Study” will be released October 30th.
The study, combining the Ike Dike concept and the Coastal Spine concept, creating a plan for Galveston, Galveston Bay and Houston Ship Channel is the result of five and half years of study by the Corps.
Among other things, the project will create a ring around Galveston Island to protect it from hurricane flood waters coming in from the bay.
The project will take at least 15 years to complete and will cost between $23 billion and $32 billion.
A major purpose is to protect the nation’s largest petrochemical complex housed along the Houston Ship Channel. The project also includes a double-dune barrier system along the coastline, incorporated from the Coastal Spine concept.
The study will be presented to Congress for approval in May 2021.