Progress with the Catskill Aqueduct

Progress with the Catskill Aqueduct

At the present time the engineers for the Catskill Aqueduct, the new source of water supply for New York City, are six months ahead of time on their work. According to the contract the contractors are not bound to hand over this $175,000,000 undertaking till 1915. In certain sections of the work, however, that (to mention only the shafts for the aqueduct under the boroughs of The Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn, which will be completed within a short time), will have reached completion. If the 24 shafts under the three boroughs 23 have been sunk and a few weeks will see the last in the same condition. By December 15 last, 92 per cent, of the aqueduct from the Ashokan reservoir to the city had been completed. The work at the Storm King and Garrisons tunnels, however, is still being proceeded with, and in six months the engineers claim that they will he able to send water through the aqueduct from the Ashokan dam to the Croton lake. 95 per cent, of that work being completed. During the past year $20,000,000 has been spent on the aqueduct, and much of that was spent on cutting through the tunnel that runs for almost eighteen miles throughout New York City. This tunnel, which is said to be the longest in the world, is about 50 per cent. finished Nine miles of it was through solid rock and had to be drilled—and yet the contractors are ahead of their contract time.

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