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Citizens Partners With City, Neighborhood Groups to Accelerate Project

INDIANAPOLIS- If you drive on Fall Creek Parkway, near 28th Street, you have likely noticed construction along the road. Cones, barriers and machinery tell the story of work underway. While the work may be impacting your daily commute, the progress being made illustrates a unique partnership between Citizens Energy Group and half a dozen city departments and neighborhood groups.
The Fall Creek Tunnel is one of six to be constructed underground as part of the DigIndy project. When complete, DigIndy will capture and store nearly three hundred million gallons of raw sewage and keep it from entering area waterways. As one of the last DigIndy tunnels to be constructed, the Fall Creek Tunnel will be complete in 2023.
During the design phase of the Fall Creek Tunnel, Citizens discovered significant development plans were already underway in the neighborhood near the tunnel’s future drop shaft site at 28th Street and Fall Creek Parkway. The plans included the development of new apartments and the realignment and removal of sections of nearby streets. By accelerating a portion of the Fall Creek Tunnel project, Citizens eliminated the need to return to the neighborhood in 2023 and disrupt a recently refurbished area.
“Working with partners like Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation, Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW), Indy Parks, Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD), we found a way to incorporate our construction plans into a much larger neighborhood redevelopment project,” said Citizens President and CEO, Jeffrey Harrison. “Partnerships like these make sense because they allow a group of agencies to make a major impact all at once instead of drawing out the inconveniences brought on by construction projects.” 
“We greatly appreciate working with Citizens on this project,” said Doug Day, Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood Activist. “Their willingness to change the timeframe of a $2 billion construction project and rebuild what they’re tearing up in a way that is agreeable to the neighborhood proves their commitment to the community.”
Citizens’ work near the future Fall Creek Tunnel drop shaft will be finished in June 2017. Citizens will return to the area in 2020 to begin construction on the Fall Creek Tunnel. Most of the work associated with the Fall Creek Tunnel will occur underground. For more information about DigIndy, visit DigIndyTunnel.com.

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