(John Del Signore) After more than forty years of construction, Mayor Bloomberg announced the official completion of the Manhattan stretch of Water Tunnel No. 3, a 13-mile-long tunnel that runs from Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers, south through the Bronx, and into Manhattan, eventually heading on through Roosevelt Island and into Astoria, Queens. Photographer Tod Seelie ventured down into one of the secret Main Valve Chambers 200 feet below the street for an illegal party press conference today, and resurfaced with this sweet infrastructure porn.
$4.7 billion well-spent! The city maintains it's crucial to have a third water tunnel in case the other two fail or need maintenance, and the massive project—which was first proposed in 1954—provides "crucial infrastructure redundancy," enabling Water Tunnel No. 1 to be taken offline and inspected. THAT tunnel has been carrying water to NYC from upstate reservoirs since 1917! Tunnel No. 2 has been in continuous service since 1936. By the way, here are some more heavy tunnel facts:
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