AQUEDUCT BYPASS TUNNELS UNDER NEWBURGH
If you’ve wondered what those gigantic pipe segments are that you may have seen along River Road at Steelways in Newburgh, they will be used in the new tunnel that is being drilled 600 feet under the Hudson River in order to eliminate a leak in the existing Delaware Aqueduct, which conveys about “half of New York City’s drinking water on a typical day.” The Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel is being constructed by “a one-of-a-kind tunnel boring machine which currently is drilling 24 hours a day under the Town of Newburgh,” according to Adam Bosch, Director of Public Affairs, New York City Department of Environmental Protection(NYC- DEP), Bureau of Water Supply. Bosch, who grew up in Newburgh, and will speak on this modern day marvel on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7pm at SUNY’s Kaplan Hall in Newburgh.
Repairs on the aqueduct which was determined to experience serious leakage for more than two decades is being accomplished over about 7 years, and is expected to be completed in 2020. According to the DEP, this project is estimated to cost $1.2 billion and generate about 1,000 to 1,500 jobs.
The original aqueduct construction began in 1939. It measures 85 miles long and passes through Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties. In addition to supplying half of the water for New York City, it locally supplies drinking water for the City of Newburgh and the Town of New Windsor.
Caption: Tunnel Boring Machines THEN AND NOW–(photos provided by NYC DEC)
See this week’s Orange County Post for more great pictures and stories.
Excerpts included from WaterTechnology.net