Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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Shandaken Tunnel shuts down for two-month rehab

CATSKILLS – The Shandaken Tunnel that carries water to the Esopus Creek and Ashokan Reservoir as part of the New York City water system is being shut down for eight weeks to allow divers to install a giant plug that will allow them to safely remove and replace gates that control the flow of water into the tunnel.

The work is part of a $47 million rehabilitation of the tunnel intake chamber.

The work is scheduled to last until April 30.

During the shutdown, divers will install an eight-foot-diameter plug to block the flow of water into the Shandaken Tunnel to protect the drivers while they remove and replace eight sluice gates that control the flow of water into the tunnel. The gates were installed during the 1920s when the reservoir was built; three do not work.

The actual gate replacements are expected to take some two years, from 2019 through 2021.


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