Upcoming Tunneling Projects

Los Angeles
Clearwater Program Effluent Outfall Tunnel
The Clearwater Program Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) Effluent Outfall Tunnel is part of an extensive planning effort by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to analyze the needs of its Joint Outfall System to the year 2050. The Effluent Outfall Tunnel is envisioned to replace the existing 8- and 12-ft tunnels with a new 37,000-lf, 18-ft ID post-tensioned concrete segmented lined tunnel. All tunneling work will be done from a single shaft located at the Districts’ JWPCP located in the City of Carson. Structures located at the start and end of the tunnel will connect to the existing Ocean Outfall System facilities. Project advertising and bidding is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2017.
Web: http://www.clearwaterprogram.org/clearwater/

Interlake Tunnel
The Interlake Tunnel for the Monterey County Water Resources Agency comprises an 11,000-ft long, 10-ft diameter, gravity-flow tunnel and related structures that would divert water from Lake Nacimiento (Nacimiemto Reservoir) to Lake San Antonio (San Antonio Reservoir). The benefits of the project include reduced flooding downstream of Lake Nacimiento, and increased surface water supply by diverting water into Lake San Antonio that would otherwise flow out to the ocean.

The engineering firm EPC Consultants has been hired by the agency to provide Program Manager and Construction Manager services. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2018. The estimated construction cost is $76 million.
Web: http://www.mcwra.co.monterey.ca.us/interlake_tunnel/interlake_tunnel.php

California Water Fix
The California Water Fix Program is a comprehensive effort to improve water conveyance in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region. Key components of the program include a series of water conveyance tunnels that will allow for transport of up to 9,000 cfs of water directly from the Sacramento River to the major export pumping plants in the south end of the Delta. The components of this program will replace the current water diversion activities that rely on a series of improved channels and canals to move the water southward in the Delta. The program consists of three river intake structures, approximately 10 miles of 29-ft and 40-ft ID tunnels, and approximately 60 miles of 40-ft ID main conveyance tunnels, and a 9,000 cfs pumping facility located at the terminus of the main tunnels. The main conveyance tunnels will be configured in a parallel twin bore arrangement, with tunnel invert depth of averaging approximately 150 ft below ground surface. In addition to launching and receiving shafts, a series of ventilation/access shafts will be constructed along each tunnel reach. Current conceptual engineering efforts have been completed to support the environmental impact documents that are being circulated for public comment as part of the EIR/EIS process. The EIR/EIS is expected to be completed in spring 2017, and tunnel design is anticipated to commence in mid-2018 with the first tunnel contracts being advertised for construction bids in mid-2020. Subsequent tunnel construction packages will be advertised on approximate 6-month intervals following the first contract award. Approximately five to six tunnel construction contracts will be awarded under this program. It is currently anticipated the facilities will be operational by 2033.
Web: https://www.californiawaterfix.com/

Northeast Boundary Tunnel
The Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project is a major component of DC Water’s long-term control plan to meet court-ordered combined sewer overflow (CSO) control objectives, water quality standards, and provide flood relief. The NEBT would provide the last increment of CSO storage capacity for the Anacostia River required by the Consent Decree and would also serve to mitigate the occurrence of sewer flooding and basement backups in the Northeast Boundary drainage area.

Major characteristics of the NEBT include: Installation of 27,000-ft long, 23-ft diameter reinforced concrete tunnel; tunnel depths of 50-160 ft below the ground surface using a TBM; diversion facilities sited near chronic flood areas to relieve the existing sewer system and divert flows to the tunnel during storm events; and ventilation control facilities constructed to regulate air flow in the tunnel system.

Total construction cost of the NEBT project is estimated at more than $500 million. Construction of the tunnel and supporting infrastructure would begin in 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in 2023. When completed, the Anacostia River Projects, which include the NEBT, are expected to reduce the annual volume of CSOs to the Anacostia River by 98 percent, and number of overflows from 82 to 2 in an average year of rainfall.

DC Water shortlisted four design-build firms in February 2016 and is currently in confidential collaboration meetings with these design-build firms. Technical and cost proposals are due Feb. 15, 2017. DC Water’s Board of Directors intends to award the project in July 2017 with the construction NTP in September 2017.

Also, a Construction Management Services RFQ/RFP for NEBT was released on Oct. 25, 2016, with Qualifications and Technical Proposals due Dec. 21, 2016. The selected firm will be notified in March 2017 with a CM NTP of July 2017.

Potomac River Tunnel Project
The Potomac River Tunnel is a component of DC Water’s long-term control plan (LTCP), also known as the DC Clean Rivers Project. The Consent Decree establishes schedules for construction of the Potomac River Tunnel and other CSO control facilities under the DC Clean Rivers Project, including a 2025 deadline to implement the project in its entirety. The Potomac River Tunnel will be located approximately 100 ft below ground. CSOs captured by the Potomac River Tunnel would be conveyed to the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Fort Wayne
The $150 million Ft. Wayne CSO tunnel project, known as Ft. Wayne Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel (3R-PORT), is part of an EPA-mandated program to reduce combined sewer overflows into area waterways.

The tunnel project includes 5 miles of 12-ft ID tunnel, 2 miles of 24- to 108-in. consolidation sewers, and 13 drop shafts. The tunnel will be constructed at an average depth of 150 ft with construction shafts expected to be up to 40 ft in diameter. Additionally, the program includes the Foster Park Relief Sewer, an upstream extension of the tunnel that involves the construction of 2 miles of 48- to 84-in. sewer, and a 20 mgd dewatering pump station.

Consultants include Black & Veatch, Arcadis and CH2M. The project team is working on the final design with 30% design expected to be completed by January 2016.  Construction of the tunnel and pump station is expected to begin in mid-2017 and be complete by 2023. Construction of the Foster Park Relief Sewer is anticipated for 2022 to 2025.

St. Louis
Project Clear Tunnels
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has begun an ambitious program called Project Clear, a multi-billion dollar investment addressing wastewater overflows. The system improvements include construction of nine tunnels to control sewer overflows.

Project Clear reached a milestone in 2014 with the completion of the tunnel portion of the Lemay Redundant Force Main project (3,200 lf of 8-ft diameter tunnel). Currently under construction is the Maline Creek CSO Storage Facility, which includes 3,000 lf of 28-ft diameter tunnel. That project was awarded to SAK Construction/Goodwin Construction JV and given NTP in May 2016.

Upcoming tunneling components of Project Clear include (Project, Construction Begin, Construction Cost Estimate, Tunnel Length, Tunnel Diameter):
Deer Creek Sanitary Tunnel, (awaiting award), $300,000,000, 21,000 ft, 19 ft dia
Jefferson Barracks Tunnel, (currently bidding), $95,000,000, 17,000 ft, 7 ft dia
Lower & Middle Des Peres Storage Tunnel, 2019, $631,000,000, 9 miles, 30 ft dia
University City Sanitary Storage Facility, 2018, $40,000,000, 1,250 ft, 30 ft dia
Lower Meramec Tunnel, 2020, $170,000,000, 6.8 miles, 8 ft dia
River Des Peres Tributaries CSO Tunnel, 2024, $375,000,000, 12,144 ft, 20 ft dia
Upper River Des Peres CSO Storage Tunnel, 2028, $226,000,000, 8,976 ft, 24 ft dia

New York
Hudson Tunnel Project/Gateway
The Hudson Tunnel Project is a new two-track heavy rail tunnel along the Northeast Corridor from the Bergen Palisades in New Jersey to Manhattan that will directly serve Penn Station New York. It consists of three major elements: the Hudson Yards right-of-way preservation project, the Hudson Tunnel, and the rehabilitation and modernization of the existing North River tunnel.

The Hudson Tunnel Project is part of the Northeast Corridor Gateway Program, a series of strategic rail infrastructure investments designed to improve current service and create new capacity. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) currently serves as the project sponsor, but the project is a joint undertaking that also includes Amtrak and New Jersey Transit (NJ TRANSIT).

The existing North River Tunnel, opened in 1910, is owned by Amtrak. NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak operate approximately 450 trains each weekday through the tunnel that carry over 200,000 daily passenger trips. The North River Tunnel presents reliability challenges due to damage from Superstorm Sandy in 2012, as well as the overall age the tunnel and the intensity of its current use. Significant delays to a large number of trains occur when problems arise.

The benefits of the Hudson Tunnel Project are twofold. First, the new tunnel will enable the closure of the existing tunnel for reconstruction without causing a significant reduction of capacity. Second, once renovations on the North River Tunnel are complete, its reopening will provide greater operational flexibility and system redundancy in the event of malfunction.

Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is currently underway, and is expected to be completed in March 2018. The selection of a locally preferred alternative and its incorporation into the region’s fiscally constrained long range plan is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2018. The current schedule anticipates the project will enter Engineering in the second quarter of 2018, receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement from FTA in spring 2019, and have both the new tunnel and the rehabilitated tunnel open for revenue service by 2028.

NEORSD Project Clean Lake
Project Clean Lake for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) includes several major tunnel components to store and convey combined sewer overflows. The projects include: Doan Valley Storage Tunnel – 9,700 ft of 17-ft diameter tunnel. The $130 million project will advertise for bid in 2017; Westerly Main CSO Storage Tunnel –14,000 ft of 24-ft diameter tunnel. The design contract for this approximately $200 million project was awarded to a joint venture Mott MacDonald and MWH in fall 2015. It is scheduled to advertise for bid in 2020; Shoreline Storage Tunnel – 16,100 lf of 21-ft diameter CSO tunnel. It is anticipated to bid in 2021; Southerly Storage Tunnel – 17,600 lf of 23-ft diameter CSO tunnel. It is anticipated to bid in 2024; Big Creek Storage Tunnel – 19,500 lf of 20-ft diameter CSO tunnel. It is anticipated to bid in 2028.

Lake Travis Intake
The Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority (BCRUA) has embarked on a multiple year program to increase capacity and manage concerns associated with recent historic low water levels of Lake Travis. The program includes: a multiple level-screen deep water intake assembly and shaft extending about 70-ft below lake bottom; approximately 10,000-ft of 96-in. diameter tunnel to convey water by gravity from the intake to a new on-shore pump station (which will multiple raw water wet wells extending about 300 ft below grade); and 3,000-ft of 84-in. diameter pressurized transmission tunnel. HDR and Brierley Associates are providing engineering services. Final design phase investigations and engineering are scheduled to take place in 2017 or 2018 in order to meet a construction completion date around 2025.