August 09, 2006
Hundreds of feet under Manhattan, workers have finished excavation work on the second stage of the city's third water tunnel project.
The third tunnel already services some areas of Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, but this $1 billion leg of the project takes its reach citywide, though the water won't start flowing until 2009.
The city says work began in 1970 to ease pressure on the city's older tunnels one and two, which were built during the early 1900's.
The entire project is slated for completion within the next 15 years. Once finished, the third tunnel is expected to almost double the city's 1.2 billion gallon per day water supply capacity.
Since breaking ground for the project 35 years ago, 23 workers have died during construction.
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