- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The city of Akron plans to unveil a machine that will drill a tunnel through downtown in what will be the largest construction project in the city’s history.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1Txx7XA ) the device will be shown to the public next Tuesday. Akron residents will be given the chance to come up with a name for the machine.

It will carve out a 27-foot wide, 6,000 foot long tunnel that will stretch between the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath and Exchange street and hold sewer overflows during heavy rains.

The $300 million tunnel is the largest single part of a $1.4 billion project mandated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop the city’s sewers from overflowing into the Cuyahoga river.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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