Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Venice goahead on barrier design

VENICE'S FLOOD barrier is one step closer to reality following the decision last month to proceed with the final design.

The move potentially ends years of argument over the scheme's environmental impact within the special government committee charged with protecting the city from flooding.

The £1.5bn barrier scheme is designed to hold back tides of between 1m and 2.75m using 79 semi-buoyant flap gates built into the bed of the three inlets to the Venice lagoon. A further £1bn is to be spent on the 'Insulae' project to cope with tides up to 1m and hence reduce the environmental impact of sealing off the lagoon.

Completion of design is subject to certain conditions being met by the end of the year. Construction is expected to be completed by 2010.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.