- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Officials say the city of Akron will spend $68 million less than anticipated on the construction of a downtown tunnel to control sewer overflows.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1hHhv5L ) the city estimated the sewer project would cost $252.2 million to complete, but the winning bid submitted by a joint venture totaled $184.1 million.

The Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is the largest effort in Akron’s initiative to curb sewer overflows into the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga rivers as well as the Ohio and Erie canals.

City officials announced Wednesday that the project was awarded to the partnership of Illinois-based Kenny Construction Co. and Tokyo-based Obayashi Corp.

The 6,240-foot tunnel will hold up to 25 million gallons of storm water and raw sewage. It will be operational by December 2018.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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