Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 82
Civil | KENNY CONSTRUCTION
KENNY CONSTRUCTION IS CONSTRUCTING THE OHIO CANAL INTERCEPTOR TUNNEL.
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historic event it is."
Ohio Canal interceptor Tunnel
is the largest construction project in
the 190-year history of Akron, Ohio.
n industry leader for underground services, tunneling,
electrical power and civil services, Kenny Construction has
tackled projects of all shapes and sizes.
The Northbrook, Ill.-based company's
tunnel division is constructing the Ohio
Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT), a $184
million joint-project, with Tokyo-based
Obayashi Corporation. The contract was
awarded by the city of Akron, Ohio.
Kenny Construction's portion of the
project will include the construction of a
conveyance and storage tunnel, drop shafts,
diversion structures, consolidation sewers
and related appurtenances.
The interceptor tunnel, the largest project
under the Akron Waterways Renewed
Program, will have a 27-foot finished inside
diameter and will be 6,240 feet long. It is
designed to store more than 25 million
gallons of stormwater and sewage during
heavy rain and control nine of the overflows into the Ohio and Erie Canal and Little
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- Jeff Fusco, former City of Akron mayor
Akron began work on the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel - the largest component of
the city's court-ordered Long Term Control
Plan - in November 2015.
"This is the beginning of the largest
construction project in the 190-year history
of the city," then-Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco
stated at the time. "It's appropriate that we
treat the start of this project as the historic
event it is, as we embark on the work that
will make our waterways cleaner than they
have been since Akron became an industrial powerhouse in the 19th century."
Funding for the project is provided by the
Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.
Construction is underway and the project is
scheduled to be in operation by December
Kenny Construction has completed more
than $1 billion in tunnel projects in the
past 10 years. "Kenny Construction's
tunnel division is an industry leader in
safety, technology, innovation and on-time
completion, often in difficult conditions,"
the company states. "Kenny has developed
leading tunnel technologies including the
first continuous horizontal and vertical
muck system, and was the first contractor in
the world to mine hard rock with a 30-foot
Kenny's tunnel division pursues work in
civil infrastructure-related markets with a
focus on transportation, water, wastewater,
rail and other structures. The company
prides itself on its experience with rapid
tunnel technology in heavily urban areas
that allows it to operate quickly, safely and
cost-effectively and minimize disruption
to the local community.
The company says it tackles all underground work including hard rock tunnels,
sequential excavation method tunnels, cut
and cover, micro-tunnels, large under-