The City of Fort Collins (Colorado) recently completed construction of a tunnel underneath BNSF Railway tracks to connect more than 30 miles of trails. The prospect of tunneling under an active rail line is a pretty big deal, and the railroad had strict requirements. The original concept of the tunnel was modified by the contractor and their engineer to utilize secant pile retaining walls to allow the construction of the portals closer to the rail line and decreasing the overall tunnel length. The tunnel was constructed by BT Construction and Lithos Engineering was their design engineer. Yenter construction was responsible for the retaining walls, including segments of sheet pile wall used to start things off. Anderson Drilling constructed the shafts for the secant pile wall and for the thrust wall. Read more about the project at TBM.
Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 5, 2009) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has selected Black & Veatch as the design engineer for the McCook Reservoir Main Tunnel. The new tunnel will connect the future McCook Reservoir to Chicago’s Deep Tunnel system, which is aimed at improving water quality in area rivers and Lake Michigan and reducing flood risk for the city of Chicago and suburban communities. [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release. Photo copyright Black and Veatch[/Editor] […]
In Washington D.C., the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (D.C. WASA) finalized a lont-term plan in 2002 aimed at reducing combined sewer outfalls into the Potomac River and its tributary, the Anacostia River. A major portion of this plan is a $2.2 Billion (US) deep tunnel program to handle excess stormwater flows and prevent the combined sewage from being discharged into the environment. Read on for a map and more info. (Photo of Anacostia River, by D.C. WASA)
Seismic upgrade of San Francisco’s huge water system moves into high gear to prepare for the next big quake
The San Francisco Public Utility Commission has a $4.6B program in place to try and make the water storage and supply system for the Bay Area ‘earthquake proof’ by 2015. It involves 86 separate projects, […]