National Grid to dig tunnel beneath Buffalo River

Posted: 11:23 AM, Apr 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-26 15:34:20Z

National Grid will undergo a first-of-its-kind project to improve its energy infrastructure for customers.

The company will use what they describe as a "giant coffee grinder" to dig a 422-foot long tunnel beneath the Buffalo River "that will replace older, outdated equipment."

Construction is underway off Ohio Street.

The 29-ton cylindrical drill will be lowered more than 50 feet under ground adjacent to Bison City Rod and Gun Club. It's anticipated the drill will take three weeks to reach its final destination on the other side of the river under 95 Ganson Street.

Why? National Grid cites "new and growing commercial business in Buffalo have increased the demand on the electrical system."

The Ohio Street-Buffalo River project costs about $11 million. 

Check out National Grid's fact sheet detailing construction information:

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