Pleasant Run Tunnel

Pleasant Run Tunnel - Irvington Area Construction

As Citizens Energy Group (Citizens) makes great progress toward nearly eliminating combined sewer overflows to area waterways, construction continues on the DigIndy Tunnel System's Pleasant Run segment. This work will require construction throughout parts of Irvington, including within Ellenberger Park.

During normal rain events with ¼-inch of rainfall or more, the combined system capacity can become overwhelmed, resulting in a mixture of storm water and wastewater overflowing into area waterways. This is referred to as a combined sewer overflow (CSO) event, which causes a threat to public health and the environment. 

Once the 7.4-mile Pleasant Run Tunnel is complete in 2025, sewer overflows now going to Pleasant Run Creek will be redirected to the tunnel, thus creating a healthier, more vibrant waterway and community.

Pleasant Run Tunnel Projects

Sewer Rehabilitation - As Citizens continues its wastewater system investments, upcoming work will result in the temporary closure of Pleasant Run Parkway S Drive from E Pleasant Run Parkway N Drive through the intersection at N Ritter Avenue. During this time, through-traffic will be detoured using 10th Street, E Washington Street, Emerson Avenue and N Arlington Avenue, but most of Ellenberger Park will remain open and accessible. Originally scheduled for completion in September 2021, weather delays have caused a change to the schedule. The new completion date is October 22nd, 2021. Additional traffic-control measures will be in place throughout the day beginning on Monday, October 4 and lasting throughout the remainder of the closure. 

The Pleasant Run Trail will remain open and accessible during this time; however, bike lanes within the closure area will be closed, as well as some of the park’s walking paths. Local access will remain open. See map for more details.


As Citizens completes vital work in the community, we make every effort to minimize disruptions to neighborhoods. Therefore, we are accelerating our schedule with plans to complete a second phase of sewer rehabilitation work along E Pleasant Run Parkway S Drive while existing equipment is onsite. This phase of work will not start until the first phase is complete and Ritter Avenue is reopened. Beginning on or after October 22nd, 2021, the section of E Pleasant Run Parkway S Drive between Ritter and Arlington Avenues will remain closed in preparation for construction. Construction is expected to be completed by November 2021. The current detour route (above) will remain in place for the duration of this work. Click here for more details.

DigIndy's Pleasant Run Tunnel Shaft As of September 7, 2021, site preparation began for the Pleasant Run Tunnel segment of the DigIndy Tunnel System within Ellenberger Park on the southeast quadrant of the park. This will not require a roadway detour. Construction access will be along N Ritter Avenue just east of the Park’s main entrance. Once tunnel construction begins, the southeast quadrant of the park (athletic fields) will be closed until the work is complete in 2025.

Consolidated Collection Sewers - Prior to the DigIndy Tunnel System completion in 2025, Citizens will also conduct consolidated collection sewer (CCS) construction in and around Ellenberger Park. A contractor has not yet been selected for this work, and therefore specific details are not yet available. Please check back for updates.

Pleasant Run Golf Course - In roughly the southwest quadrant of the Pleasant Run Golf Course property, Citizens will be constructing a drop shaft. The site will be elevated above the 100-year flood point. A contractor has not yet been selected for this work, and therefore specific details are not yet available. However, we anticipate construction will start in or after late 2022. The rendering found here of the restored site is intended for illustration purposes only and does not represent final design plans. Please check back for scope and scheduling updates.

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