The Fort Wayne Board of Public Works unanimously approved the construction contract Wednesday 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 and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce the average number of annual combined sewer overflows from 76 to four.
The contract goes to City Council, which could approve it as early as April 18.
In other business, the board 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 bridge over Interstate 69.
City crews will move the intersection north by a couple hundred yards to create a more shallow curve and facilitate an easier northbound turn from Coliseum onto Hillegas, City Engineer Shan Gunawardena said. The way access is currently configured, trucks must do 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, as it has yet to be released for bids. Gunawardena said bids are expected this year, with construction starting in spring 2018.