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Take a tour of Fort Wayne’s deep tunnel project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Fort Wayne’s NBC News cameras had the opportunity to take an inside look at the latest progress of the tunnel boring machine Thursday.

MamaJo, the city’s tunnel boring machine, has dug almost a quarter of a mile so far, and has made its way under the Maumee River

The tunnel will span almost five miles once completed.

For years, city leaders have been working on a plan to eliminate that potential contamination of our three rivers.

Taking the MA from the Maumee, another MA from the Saint Marys, and the JO from the Saint Joe River, MamaJo, the tunnel boring machine, is the designated protector of the three rivers by helping construct the tunnel.

It’s designed to remove 90% of the combined sewer overflows into the rivers — that’s about 850 billion gallons a year.

While you shouldn’t feel any tremors if you live or work above the tunnel route, you might see some construction in your neighborhood for additional drop shafts to help with water runoff.

The tunnel boring machine will be working solidly for the next three years with the full project expected to be operational by the year 2023.

You can check out the tunnel’s progress here. 

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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