Bertha, the $80 million boring machine for the Highway 99 tunnel, came into port this morning after waiting in Elliott Bay since Tuesday. Some of its smaller pieces should make it onto dry land later today at the Port of Seattle, according to a Twitter account associated with the Japanese-made machine, which is the largest of its kind. Unloading the 900 tons of machine parts could take two weeks or longer.
The Washington State Department of Transportation had planned for Bertha to dock Wednesday but said Friday that bringing it into port had been delayed because “arrangements are still being made to unload the ship.”
Once the parts are unloaded, they will be taken about a quarter mile away from the waterfront to a pit where Bertha will be fully assembled this spring.