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Tunnel Construction Benefits Local Park

INDIANAPOLIS: Citizens Energy Group announced today upgrades to one of Indianapolis’ west side parks are being made as part of the DigIndy Tunnel Project. This part of the project demonstrates a collaborative effort between Citizens, the City, Indianapolis Power and Light Co. (IPL) and local business owners and it results in about $15 million of project savings.
DigIndy is a 28-mile long network of tunnels being built 250-feet beneath Indianapolis. DigIndy is designed to capture and store raw sewage during rain events for treatment prior to discharge in our waterways. Beginning near the Indiana State Fairgrounds and ending on the south side of Indianapolis, DigIndy will be the largest public works project in the city's history.
The Eagle Creek Tunnel is the newest section to be constructed as part of DigIndy. While the Eagle Creek Tunnel runs deep below ground in bedrock, near-surface infrastructure is being constructed at Ross Claypool Park. As part of Citizens’ agreement and partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW) and IndyParks, the park’s basketball court is being replaced, the entrance and parking lot are being resurfaced and a rain garden is being installed. A portion of the new Eagle Creek Trail that runs through Ross Claypool Park also will be constructed.  Even with the new improvements, this collaboration saved DPW, Citizens and our customers money.
In addition to working with the City, Citizens partnered with IPL during the design of the Eagle Creek Tunnel. Since IPL was planning to improve some of its utility infrastructure on the same property where Citizens was building its sewer infrastructure, Citizens completed IPL’s sewer relocation as part of the project and IPL granted Citizens access to the right of way. This agreement saved both utilities construction costs and alleviated additional road closures that would have significantly impacted area businesses.
“On all of our projects, Citizens looks for ways to apply value engineering,” said Jeff Harrison, President and CEO of Citizens. “This coordination between public and private parties has resulted in $15 million of project savings that could not have been realized otherwise, and provides the best value for our customers,” said Harrison.
When the Eagle Creek Tunnel and the associated Deep Rock Tunnel Connector are complete in December 2017, potential raw sewage overflows will be reduced by about 900 million gallons per year. The entire DigIndy tunnel system will be finished by 2025 and when it is, sewer overflows will be reduced by about five billion gallons per year. For more information about DigIndy, visit DigIndyTunnel.com.

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