August 12, 2021
Webuild begins excavating tunnel for Ship Canal Water Quality Project, an environmental sustainability project in Seattle, Washington
Milan, August 12, 2021 – Webuild Group’s U.S. subsidiary, Lane, began excavating with the “MudHoney” tunnel-boring machine (TBM) the 2.7-mile (4.2-kilometre) storage tunnel for the , an environmental sustainability project designed to prevent untreated stormwater and sewage from flowing into major bodies of water in Seattle, Washington. The TBM began at Ballard, the western end of the planned 18.1-feet (5.5 metre) diametre tunnel and will head towards Fremont and Wallingford.
In Seattle, the tunnel will prevent up to 75 million gallons (276 million litres) of untreated stormwater and sewage – known as combined sewer overflow (CSO) – from flowing into the Lake Washington Ship Canal, Salmon Bay and Lake Union every year. The tunnel will capture and temporarily hold more than 29 million gallons (109.8 million litres) of stormwater and sewage during heavy rainfall.
The project is one of several being developed by Lane in the clean water sector in the United States, highlighting Webuild’s commitment to provide solutions for the sustainable management of water, such as hydraulic tunnels and treatment and desalination plants. These works bring potable water to areas that suffer from a lack of water, while protecting others from extreme weather.