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3 Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel Project

Fort Wayne Utilities (FWU)

The Three Rivers Protection & Overflow Reduction Tunnel (3RPORT) is a deep rock tunnel that includes drop shafts and consolidation sewers that will reduce the combined sewage overflows into the rivers by 90% during large rain events. The tunnel itself is a combined sewer overflow (CSO) tunnel project with seven water collection locations along the St. Mary and Maumee Rivers. The tunnel will receive flows from existing combined sewer outfalls to reduce combined sewer overflows to the St. Marys and Maumee Rivers to four overflow events within a typical year.  The tunnel will then convey the flow to the Wet Weather Pump Station No. 1 (WWPS#1) for transfer to and storage in the Wet Weather Ponds (WWP) or directly to the Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) for treatment. The waste water that remains in the tunnel after a storm event will require pumping for treatment.

Excavation and Support Design Services:

Gall Zeidler Consultants (GZ) are the on-site shift engineers providing technical support and assistance to the Site Superintendent while also acting as a link between the field and technical office. Their main role is providing supervision and reporting of tunnel construction activities while ensuring the operations are performed in compliance with the approved working procedures.


Fort Wayne, IN


2017 – Present


Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 16’ ID tunnel with Pump Shaft, Working Shaft, & Retrieval Shaft with 7 Inflow Adits


4.64 miles (24,500 feet)


Silurian Wabash Formation – Tunnel
Traverse, Detroit River, and the Wabash formations – Shafts


The Wabash Formation consists of a fine-grained, slightly dolomitic limestone and dense to fine-grained somewhat argillaceous limestone. Salamonie Dolomite is a coarse-grained, vuggy dolomite


US$ 188 million


The Lane Construction Corporation


Fort Wayne Utilities (FWU)