Fort Wayne to Break Ground on Major Tunnel Project

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The tunnel will be constructed approximately 150-250 feet below ground using a tunnel boring machine. (photo courtesy City of Fort Wayne) The tunnel will be constructed approximately 150-250 feet below ground using a tunnel boring machine. (photo courtesy City of Fort Wayne)

Officials in Fort Wayne will Thursday break ground on a nearly $188 million tunnel project. The Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel, or 3RPORT, is part of a long-term plan to reduce sewage overflow into the city's rivers each year.

The 3RPORT project is part of the city's overall Tunnel Works program. The program also includes the installation of associated consolidation sewers, drop shafts and a pump station at the sewage treatment plant. 

Construction on the tunnel is expected to be complete by 2021, with the entire system becoming operational by 2025, according to the Tunnel Works website.

Mayor Tom Henry will join members of the Fort Wayne City Council, and representatives from City Utilities, the Utility Advisory Group and tunnel contractors S.A. Healy Co. and Salini Impreglio for the ground breaking ceremony, which is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

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