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Public meetings on Deep Rock Tunnel project start Thursday

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Despite the winter weather, the first of a series of three public meetings on a major tunnel project will take place Thursday night.

The Deep Rock Tunnel will stretch seven miles and will run 150 feet below the service from the Dwenger Avenue sewage treatment plant to near Foster Park.

City spokesman Frank Suarez tells WOWO News it’s part of the city’s plan to reduce combined sewer overflows into our rivers.

“It’s going to reduce the amount of flow that goes into the rivers during wet weather events. Currently, 72 times of the year on average, our combined sewers overflow into the rivers and this tunnel will reduce that by 90 percent,” Suarez said.

Design work is still taking place, with the project probably going out for bid later this year. Construction and drilling is expected to take place next month.

Thursday night’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 5310 Old Mill Road. If you’re unable to make it, you can attend at one of the following dates:

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Allen County Public Library Main Branch – Auditorium
900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, IN

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
University of Saint Francis – Gunderson Auditorium in Achatz Hall
2701 Spring Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Enter from Leesburg Road and follow the drive to Achatz Hall

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