Saving San Antonio

by Misty Mealey, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 7, Pg. 67-67

Document Type: Feature article


During an October 1998 flood, excess flow from the San Antonio River was funneled into a 3.1 mi (5 km) long, 24 ft (7.3 m) wide concrete-lined tunnel beneath the city that emptied into the San Antonio River. Buried 140 ft (42.5 m) underground, the San Antonio River Tunnel, or SART, protected the city from the one of the worst floods in its history just months after being completed in March 1998, a feat that has earned the tunnel an Outstanding Civil Engineering Award of Merit from ASCE for 1999.

Subject Headings: Tunnels | Rivers and streams | Floods | Underground structures | River flow | Professional societies | History and Heritage

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