Project Updates

Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel

The Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel will run under Foster Avenue in order to retain excess stormwater to prevent flooding in Albany Park.

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Updates for Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel

March 2, 2016

Presentation from 2/29/16 Public Meeting

You can view the PowerPoint presentation about the Albany Park Tunnel from the February 29, 2016 public meeting here

May 23, 2016

Groundbreaking for Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel

Alderman Margaret Laurino (39th ) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel broke ground Sunday for the Albany Park Storm Water Diversion Tunnel. They were joined at the groundbreaking by Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Mike Quigley, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Board of Commissioners President Mariyana Spyropoulous, and officials of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

“This drainage tunnel will eliminate the danger of floods that have plagued our northwest side neighborhood for more than a century,” Alderman Laurino said. “In the meantime, we’ve coordinated protective safety measures with CDOT and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) against potential flooding. We’ve also pledged to keep residents updated on the tunnel project completion.”

May 23rd Groundbreaking for the Albany Park Stormwater Diversion Tunnel
December 5, 2016

12/5/2016: Public Meeting + New Timeline

Thanks to all who attended the public meeting about the tunnel project on 12/5/2016.

A new timeline was revealed for the remainder of the project:














See the presentation given at the 12/5/2016 meeting here. (PDF)

Photos from the meeting on our Facebook page.