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The Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel

7-29-2015

Bringing history up to date
By Doug Capra © 2015
Part 3 of 3

Over the years, the Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel has had its problems and has undergone repairs done by the Corps of Engineers. Even after it was officially completed in 1940, concrete had to be placed between the steel rails on the tunnel floor. But the bolts didn’t hold them down, so, in 1944, the rails were welded to the steel channel cross-ties and finished with concrete. In 1945, the operation and maintenance of the system was turned over to “local interests.” The Corps was to continue annual inspections “in compliance with the provisions of local cooperation.”

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