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Albany Park Tunnel Hits Milestone: No More Blasting By Patty Wetli | August 7, 2017 9:39am ALBANY PARK — The Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel reached a major milestone over the weekend as officials declared blasting operations complete on both the intake and outlet shafts. “We’re pleased that the blasting has been completed and the project is moving ahead on schedule,” Rebekah Scheinfeld, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, said in a statement. “The tunnel underneath Foster Avenue is more than halfway complete and we’re starting to work on the channel that will allow overflow from the North Branch to flow into the intake shaft," Scheinfeld said. When complete, the tunnel will run for approximately one mile, 150 feet below Foster Avenue. The pipe will divert overflow from the North Branch of the Chicago River away from homes in Albany Park and North Park, releasing the water into the North Shore Channel downstream. Regular explosions were needed to blast through limestone bedrock to carve out the intake and outlet shafts, which measure 40 feet wide. The intake is located near Eugene Field Park and the outlet is situated in River Park.
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