Hurricane Barrier Work Begins — Detour On Allens Ave

Work begins today on the hurricane barrier where it crosses Allens Avenue. The first phase of construction — replacing the underground hydraulics of the sewer gates located at the intersection of Allens Avenue and Henderson Street — will begin Monday, July 24th, and should conclude by mid-August. During this phase of construction, southbound traffic on Allens Avenue will be detoured to Eddy Street, to Blackstone Street, and back to Allens Avenue; that’s not too bad but rush hour might be a pain. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane around the work zone. From the Mayor’s Office:

. . . The Allens Avenue hurricane barrier gates play an important role in the City’s ability to protect Downtown from flooding in the event of a storm surge. Currently, the hurricane barrier sewer gates must be manually shut in the event of heavy storms or hurricanes. With the investment being made this month, the City will be able to close the sewer gates more efficiently during an emergency. 

Since the northbound lane remains open to traffic it is unclear how this project might affect entry into Collier Park (right in this photo). Inquiries to City Hall and the Parks Department were not fruitful.

Hurricane Barrier, Allens at Henderson Street. (directions)

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