NewsPublic Affairs / April 24, 2017

Fort Wayne City Council Approves Tunnel Project Contract

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A $187.7 million construction contract has been approved to build the Three Rivers Overflow Reduction and Protection Tunnel in northeastern Indiana.

The project is part of a long-term plan to reduce the average number of combined sewer overflows in Fort Wayne from 76 to four. Construction is expected to take 4½ years.

The Journal Gazette reports that the Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday awarded the contract to Salini Impreglio/S.A. Healy Joint Venture -- the lowest of five bidders.

Indianapolis is undertaking a similar project. Work began in 2012 on building 27 miles of 18-foot diameter tunnels as part of a $1.6 billion project aimed at reducing the release of raw sewage into Indianapolis' rivers.

Construction is expected to continue until 2025.

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