Officials make Dig Indy announcement

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Indianapolis city officials, along with leaders from Citizens Energy Group, announced Thursday that the current contractor on the Dig Indy project, J.F. Shea and Kiewit, will be awarded an estimated $500 million contract to complete the final leg of the project. Dig Indy aims to stop the millions of gallons of raw sewage that spill into the area's waterways when heavy rains occur. The multi-billion dollar project is currently underway but is expected to take another nine years to complete--wrapping up some time in 2025.

"Dig Indy will enhance recreational activities, Dig Indy will facilitate neighborhood redevelopment, Dig Indy will improve the overall quality of life," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. He was there Thursday when the announcement regarding Shea and Kiewit was made and also toured the underground construction project.

When completed, the tunnels will span twenty-five miles and will sit nearly 300 feet below ground.

"Our plan to complete the Dig Indy tunnel is significantly under-budget while continuously reducing sewage overflows is a big win for our customers, the community and the environment," said Jeffrey Harrison, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group, which is overseeing the project.

Overall, the completed project is expected to save taxpayers nearly $400 million.