Construction Worker Found Dead at Deep Tunnel Site

December 13, 2016

Robert Ellison, 55, of Spring Grove, Illinois was found dead Monday at the Deep Tunnel project in Summit, a south suburb of Chicago. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which oversees the "Deep Tunnel" project, confirmed the death Monday afternoon. Ellison was found in a parking area at the Deep Tunnel construction site but it is not known how the man died.

Kiewit Construction, the lead contractor on the project, released a statement saying in part, "We were deeply saddened to learn that an employee on the McCook Reservoir Main Tunnel System project died earlier today. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends, and those who knew and worked with him at Kiewit. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of them at this time." Kiewit said they are conducting an investigation and working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as state and local authorities.

The Deep Tunnel project, officially named the McCook Reservoir Main Tunnel System, is part of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Working with the Army for Civil Works, the project will help with combined sanitary and storm sewer overflows that cause flooding and watercourse contamination in Chicago and 36 suburbs, serving 1.5 million structures and 5 million people. Major components include an overburden cutoff wall, distribution tunnels, a main tunnel, dewatering pumps, gates, valves, hydraulic structures, aquifer protection, and an aeration system.

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