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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 11:40 am

Tunnel construction contract moving forward

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works unanimously approved Wednesday the construction contract for the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel. 

Pending City Council approval, the contract was awarded to S.A. Healy-Salini Impreglio Joint Venture in the amount of $187,963,000. 

The project is part of the 2008 consent decree between the city of Fort Wayne and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the average number of annual combined sewer overflows from 76 to four. The city has until 2025 to comply. 

The contract will now go before City Council, which could approve it as early as April 18. 

In other business, the Board of Public Works approved an agreement with INDOT that will allow city crews to make changes to the intersection of Coliseum Boulevard and Hillegas Road. The work will be performed while INDOT crews make repairs to the Hillegas Road bridge over Interstate 69. 

City crews will physically move the intersection north by a couple hundred yards to create a more shallow curve and to facilitate an easier northbound turn from Coliseum onto Hillegas, City Engineer Shan Gunawardena said. The way access is currently configured, trucks must perform a nearly 180-degree turn to head north on Hillegas Road from Coliseum Boulevard, Gunawardena said.

City officials did not have a cost estimate for the project Wednesday, as it has yet to be released for bids. Gunawardena said bids are expected later this year, with construction starting in spring 2018.

dgong@jg.net