In Silver Spring, Md., the U.S. Postal Service’s aluminum fence is the latest project to face political criticism over its safety, but its political opponents have also criticized it as a wasteful project.
The agency plans to install approximately 50 miles of metal fencing at a vacant former auto body shop, a vacant property owned by a local school district and the site of a nearby highway ramp.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 4 million tons of aluminum are shipped daily across the country.
The Postal Service has said it has the right to build the fence if the costs and benefits are appropriate.
A new website that offers information on the agency’s project and offers a tour of the site is now live.
A spokesperson for the Postal Service said the website was developed in partnership with the Maryland Department of the Environment. In the U