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Ceremonial Tunnel Groundbreaking held Thursday, downtown Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – Fort Wayne officials are set to break ground on a nearly $188 million tunnel project Thursday.

Fort Wayne is under federal court order to greatly reduce the amount of combined sewage that goes into its rivers each year.

The Tunnel Works Program represents Fort Wayne’s efforts to control the sewage amounts. The premier project, known as the deep rock tunnel, is set to be constructed in the bedrock deep underneath the city.

The tunnel will collect sewage from the combined sewer system and transport it to the sewage treatment plant, preventing it from overflowing into the St. Marys and Maumee Rivers.

Construction of the main tunnel is expected to be completed by 2021, but the entire system could take up to eight years.

Mayor Tom Henry, members of the Fort Wayne City Council, and representatives from the Utility Advisory Group, S.A. Healy Company and Salini Impregilo, and City Utilities Staff will attend the groundbreaking ceremony.

The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 15 at the northeast corner of Glasgow Avenue and Dwenger Avenue.

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