York Region completes tunnel boring operations for Southeast Collector trunk sewer

$564 million wastewater servicing project nears completion

The Regional Municipality of York is celebrating a breakthrough of giant proportions as the final tunnel boring machine recently completed work on the new 15-kilometre Southeast Collector trunk sewer tunnel.

“The Southeast Collector trunk sewer is an ambitious project, and after more than 10 years of work, it’s gratifying to have it in the final stages of completion,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “Seeing the equipment in operation was quite interesting and provided the opportunity to see the positive outcome of this project.”

The new Southeast Collector trunk sewer will accommodate additional sewer flows, enabling future and approved growth in both York and Durham Regions in accordance with the province’s Places to Grow Act. It will also allow the existing Southeast Collector to be inspected and repaired, as required.

“For members of Council who have been involved with this project from the very start, the completion of the tunneling operations is quite rewarding,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councilor Vito Spatafora, Chair of Environmental Services. “Visiting the construction site provided informative background on the project we’ve heard so much about.”

Construction has been underway for the past 33 months and the final steps include finishing all access shafts, completion of odor control facilities and surface restoration. The Southeast Collector trunk sewer is anticipated to be in operation by December.

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