Citizens Energy Group announced it has completed half of the 28-mile DigIndy Tunnel System. The project is approximately $400 million under budget and ahead of schedule.
Citizens Energy Group CEO Jeff Harrison spoke at one of the DigIndy construction sites Monday morning.
"Citizens is incredibly grateful to the community for its understanding and patience as we complete the largest infrastructure project in Indianapolis’ history," Harrison says.
Construction on the tunnel system began in 2012. The first 10 miles opened last December, which have prevented an estimated 500 million gallons of sewage from overflowing into White River and Eagle Creek.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says a cleaner waterway will improve the quality of life for residents and create more recreational and development opportunities along the riverfront.
"DigIndy is helping to spur investment in economic and community development all along the White River as well as support and create tens of thousands of well-paying jobs," Hogsett says.
The project is slated to be finished in 2025. It’s intended to prevent up to 99 percent of sewage overflow into local waterways.