NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – For more than 100 years, Manhattan has relied on one tunnel to provide water to the entire borough.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, that all changed Wednesday afternoon, where the city opened up a brand new water tunnel.
After more than four decades, battling budget woes and political red tape, crews have finally completed the Manhattan section of Water Tunnel No. 3. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the completion of the 8.5-mile Manhattan section of the tunnel from inside its valve room, 20 stories beneath Central Park.
“There is no other infrastructure project that means more to protecting New York City’s future than water tunnel number 3,” Bloomberg said. “If we were to lose one of the tunnels without back-up, that part of the city would be uninhabitable.”
The new tunnel will eventually allow the shutdown of the first water tunnel so it can be inspected and repaired for the first time, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.