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The tidal barrier which will protect thousands of homes and businesses from the risk of flooding.
Work on the 38 million pound project in Ipswich started today and it is due to open in 2016.
The council says it will secure the future of the town, and encourage economic growth.
A 38 million pound project to protect Ipswich from flooding began this morning. A traditional breaking the ground ceremony has been taking place on the construction site of the Ipswich tidal barrier.
The scheme is designed to reduce the risk to thousands of homes and businesses as well as the Suffolk County Council offices and the main fire station.