Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel Shaft

Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel Shaft

 

Rondout West Branch Bypass Tunnel Shaft

City: Wappinger Falls
State: New York
Owner: New York City of Environmental Protection
General Contractor: Schiavone Construction Co, LLC

Project Description:

One of the main sources of water for New York City are reservoirs in the Catskill Region of upstate New York.  This water flows to New York City through a system of tunnels.  One of these tunnels that runs under the Hudson River has begun to leak as a result of it’s age.  A new tunnel was proposed to allow the existing leaky tunnel to be bypassed.  To construct the bypass tunnel, shafts were constructed on both sides of the Hudson to launch and receive the tunnel equipment.  Schnabel constructed the secant piles for the shaft on the east bank of the Hudson to support the earth above the rock, and prevent water infiltration.

A series of overlapping, reinforced secant piles were installed in a self-supporting circular ring pattern to allow excavation through the overburden soils and upper portion of the bedrock. The secant piles were installed to a depth of around 87 feet through fill, dense sands and gravel, and toed into 15’ to 20’ of shale bedrock. A Sonic Caliper, as well as Schnabel’s designed laser device, were used to confirm the verticality of each shaft.