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Tube placed for Fort Wayne tunnel project

Fort Wayne is joining cities like Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Chicago in adding a system like this.

Posted: May. 31, 2018 4:00 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The first of eight 80 feet long tubes was placed in the ground Thursday as a part of a project that will direct waste water away from our rivers.

The tube was placed just off Hale and Brooklyn Avenue. Normally sewer water is pumped into the river during large rain events because the system can't handle it. Now, the water will funnel through the tubes to the water control plant.

"The benefit is really a huge environmental benefit to the river system. So, the waste water from the community, the vast majority of it, will now come to the tunnel and be treated properly before it goes down stream," said Todd Webster, construction contract manager.

Once the tubes are placed, a drill rig comes in and digs down another 120 feet. Fort Wayne is joining cities like Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Chicago in adding a system like this.

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