Tunnel Protects Chicago Neighborhood from Flooding

A Chicago storm water diversion tunnel designed to correct a chronic flooding problem that has plagued the city’s Albany Park neighborhood over the past decade has been recognized for its effectiveness and ingenuity.

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The Albany Park Storm Water Tunnel is providing relief for a Chicago community that has been decimated by regular flooding over the past decade.

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WSP served as construction manager for the project, working on behalf of the Chicago Department of Transportation. Construction began in 2016. 

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Sonny Jaramilla from WSP (left) discusses the plans for the Albany Park tunnel with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) during a construction site tour in April 2017. The mayor returned for the July 24 grand opening ceremony.

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A comprehensive communication plan ensured that the construction team and community partners could proactively resolve potential impacts from construction operations and align efforts with the best interests of the community.