Akron sewer project

Akron City Council Meeting
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron City Council plans to vote Monday on a request by Mayor Dan Horrigan to seek refinancing of about $235-million in city debt. 

photo of Rosie
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan christened Rosie today

“I christen thee Rosie, in honor of the brave residents like Rosie May Jacob who went to war on the homefront here in Akron during World War II.”

The passenger-jet-sized machine will soon be boring a mile-long tunnel under the city.

photo of Rosie Digs Akron beer label
THIRSTY DOG

A local brewing company has created a commemorative beer to christen the tunnel boring machine being used on Akron's billion dollar sewer project.

The Thirsty Dog beer is called “Rosie Digs Akron", named after the machine.

Co-owner John Najeway says his company was chosen due to its prominence in the city.

Tunnel Boring Machine Known As Rosie
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron’s billion-dollar sewer project includes cutting a 30-foot high, mile-long tunnel under downtown. A special boring machine is being put together for that. It’s called Rosie -- for Rosie the Riveter -- and Rosie is really big. 

Imagine a 747, its wings folded back, pushing along 160 feet below ground. Rosie is bigger-around, longer, and --  at 1,100 tons -- a good bit heavier.

photo of Akron sewer project
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

The City of Akron is hosting its annual Blue Heron homecoming tomorrow, which this year will also include tours of its $1.4 billion sewer project.

The third annual Blue Heron Homecoming starts at 10 a.m. at the Mustill Store, just north of downtown. The event has been moved there this year so visitors can learn more about the sewer project; tours will be available starting at the store.

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