Credit: Photo: Jordan, Jones & Goulding

Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, center, joined engineers, Department of Watershed Management officials, and other guests in marking the opening of the city's Nancy Creek Tunnel.

Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management started 2006 off by marking the completion of its Nancy Creek Tunnel. The 8.3-mile long tunnel, designed to store and transport wastewater to Atlanta's R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center, met the deadline of the city's Consent Decree and came in under budget.

Refik Elibay, project manager with Jordan, Jones & Goulding—the Norcross, Ga.-based engineering firm assisting with tunnel construction—said that the project's goals included minimizing environmental impacts to the community and avoiding disturbance to surrounding neighborhoods.

“For projects such as this one, it takes everyone working together—communities, governments, and businesses,” he said.