Waterway Protection Tunnel News


‘Bumblebee’ to carry on Ali’s legacy 18 stories underground

November 05, 2018
Bumblebee

The legacy of Louisville’s own Muhammad Ali continues to live on as the name “Bumblebee” was unveiled for the MSD tunnel boring machine, which will excavate MSD’s Waterway Protection Tunnel underneath Louisville.

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Waterway Protection Tunnel continues moving forward

September 24, 2018
Boring machine

A trip to Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, gave MSD Engineer and Project Manager Jacob Mathis, P.E. and Engineering-Collections System and Construction Manager Greg Powell, P.E. an opportunity to see the tunnel boring machine that will create the Waterway Protection Tunnel. Mt. Pleasant is where tunnel contractor J.F. Shea Co., Inc. operates a facility to rebuild and test tunnel boring machines prior to shipping to a project site.

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Tunnel Extension Means Less Disruption

September 06, 2018
Tunnel Ext

MSD held a Public Outreach Meeting August 28th to share an update on the 1.5 mile extension of the Waterway Protection Tunnel and the elimination of the I-64 & Grinstead CSO Basin. Area residents were given the opportunity to ask questions about the extension and the project in general.

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MSD’s Waterway Protection Tunnel reaches 220-foot depth milestone

August 14, 2018
Tunnel depth

MSD contractors working to build a massive underground tunnel to prevent wastewater and stormwater from overflowing and entering the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek have reached a significant milestone. The “working” and pump station shafts — which will carry workers and equipment underground — have reached their full depth of 220 feet below the surface.  

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Rock samples from Waterway Protection Tunnel reveal Louisville history

August 13, 2018
Closeup of core sample

MSD’s project to build a tunnel 18 stories underground for wastewater and stormwater storage has also unearthed hundreds of millions of years of history.

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MSD’s Waterway Protection Tunnel to extend and capture more wastewater overflow

August 01, 2018
Tunnel Extension

MSD’s project to build a massive tunnel 18 stories underground to help keep millions of gallons of sewage out of the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek will be expanded to capture even more wastewater and stormwater overflow – and eliminate the need for a planned storage basin project.

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Meet Jacob Mathis, Project Manager for the Waterway Protection Tunnel

May 31, 2018
Jacob Mathis

NAME: 

Jacob L. Mathis, P.E. 

TITLE: 

Engineer II 

PROJECT: 

Waterway Protection Tunnel 

EDUCATION: 

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering 

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) 

EXPERIENCE: 

Louisville MSD 

Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz Inc. 

Mindel Scott & Associates, Inc 

HOW HE BECAME AN ENGINEER: 

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