The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says it has reached the halfway point of a 2.5-mile tunnel being drilled from Newburgh to Wappinger that will connect on both sides to the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct, which links four Catskill reservoirs with the city.
A view inside the tunnel
The project, projected to cost $1 billion and continue through 2023, will allow the DEP to bypass portions of the Delaware tunnel that are leaking beneath the Hudson River so they can be repaired.
A map of the bypass tunnel
The tunnel is being created by a boring machine that has been dubbed Nora, for Nora Barney, the first woman in the U.S. to earn an engineering degree. The bore is presently about a half mile west of the Hudson.
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