The Associated Press
The Transportation Department says help is on the way for the massive machine Bertha that became stuck last month while boring a tunnel under downtown Seattle.
The department said crews started drilling 5-foot wide shafts Tuesday in front of the machine.
Bertha ground to a halt on Dec. 6 after running into the 8-inch diameter pipe that had been left in the ground in 2002 after the department checked groundwater in the area.
The tunnel digger is stopped about 60 feet underground and one-tenth of the way toward completing a 1.7-mile tunnel. It will carry Highway 99 traffic and allow the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.