Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel

North of Mustill Store near Hickory St to W Exchange St

Starts: November 2015
Ends: December 2018

Project Description

27-foot wide, 6,200 foot long tunnel for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) storage and conveyance that will satisfy the EPA federally mandated Consent Decree to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) from nine existing outfall structures. The project construction will occur in three primary areas;

  • OCIT-1 near Otto St north of Hickory St and south of Cuyahoga St
  • OCIT-2 with three sites around W Market St/Glendale Ave/Rand Ave/Dart Ave
  • OCIT-3 Exchange Street just west of South Main Street.

Anticipated Maintenance of Traffic 

Starting on December 4, 2017, an 8 week closure of Rand Avenue from Market St. to the south/west about 500 feet. A vent shaft for the OCIT project will be constructed in the middle of Rand Avenue. Additionally, the OCIT contractor will be installing a deep sanitary sewer across Rand Avenue at this time. Detours will be posted.

Dollar Value of Project


Benefits to Akron Upon Completion of Work

The Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT) is the biggest capital improvement project in the history of the City of Akron. The major benefit will be improved water quality in the Little Cuyahoga River and Ohio Canal. The tunnel will provide over 25 million gallons of volume to store CSOs that are intercepted from up to 9 existing overflow sewers until that flow can be released and treated at the Water Reclamation Facility.

For more information about OCIT-1, please visit Akron Waterways Renewed.
For more information about OCIT-2, please visit Akron Waterways Renewed.
For more information about OCIT-3, please visit Akron Waterways Renewed.

OCIT-1 Live Webcam