Lake Mead Tunnel Project Allowed to Continue

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health
Administration says construction may resume on a dangerous intake
tunnel project after a worker was killed in an blast on June 11.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced late Tuesday that
contractor Vegas Tunnel Constructors will begin tunneling this
week.

The $817 million, five-year project was plagued with flooding
and other construction woes long before the death of 44-year-old
veteran tunnel worker Thomas Albert Turner. He died after he was
hit in the head by a pressurized stream of a grout mixture
containing fist-sized rocks, water and cement.

When finished, the 23-foot-high tunnel will extend almost three
miles.

Las Vegas gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead, which has
shrunk in recent years amid ongoing drought and increasing demand
from seven states.


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