FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) -- Another big change coming to the city of Fort Wayne. It's the largest single utilities investment in the history of our city.
An estimated 150 million dollars will be used to build a five mile long tunnel beneath the city of Fort Wayne and its bedrock.
This tunnel system will help pipe sewage into the treatment plant downtown.
Many neighborhoods in this area already use this kind of system to separate the sewage system.
The purpose of this project is to help keep our rivers clean and positively impact the quality of life here in Fort Wayne.
Laying down the pipe will also create more than one hundred local jobs and will increase sewer capacity.
“Although the rivers may still look the same, they will be visually cleaner because of this pipe line. We're going to reduce combined sewer river overflows from over seventy-one events per typical year, to less than four events per typical year. It's also going to reduce a lot of the trash you see that enters the river through combined sewer river overflows. So the rivers will be much cleaner due to less CSO, or combined sewer overflows, but they'll still have the brownish appearance just due to the natural state of the rivers, the clay bottoms that are in the river, some of the sediment that's in there,” Senior Program Manager-Engineering City of Fort Wayne Justin Brugger said.
Construction will begin in 2017.
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