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February 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Bertha breaks into repair vault

Image from WSDOT. Update 4:15 p.m.: Tunnel-boring machine Bertha’s cutterhead is within about three feet of drilling all the way to open air, which ought to happen this evening. Chris Dixon, project manager of Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), said the team is aiming to replace the damaged bearing seals and other parts, to resume excavating toward South Lake…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Alaskan Way viaduct. Highway 99, bertha

February 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

4 workers injured in accident at Highway 99 tunnel project

Seattle firefighters treat a worker who was injured Thursday in an accident at the Highway 99 tunnel project. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Update at 3:40 p.m.: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, across town at news conference he called on measures to improve traffic safety, said about the accident: “This is not an…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Highway 99 tunnel project, industrial accident, Seattle Fire Department

February 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM

Lane closures will slow Aurora Ave. buses

The southbound bus lane on Aurora Avenue North will be closed for up to 12 weeks this spring, forcing passengers on the crowded E Line and other routes to slog with general traffic from the Aurora Bridge to downtown. “I imagine this will degrade transit service,” said Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, when the state revealed…


Comments | Topics: Aurora Avenue, Highway 99 tunnel, RapidRide E Line

January 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Bertha’s repair pit reaches full depth of 120 feet

Excavation crews for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) have reached the entire 120-foot depth needed to repair stalled tunnel-boring machine Bertha, state lawmakers were told Friday afternoon. Bertha will try to grind through the south wall (upper left) of this 120-foot deep access vault into open air, so the front end can be repaired this…


Comments | Topics: bertha, Seattle Tunnel Partners

January 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Third suspect arrested in Tacoma sex-trafficking of underage girls

UPDATED, Wednesday, 9 a.m. | A third suspect has been arrested in a Washington State Patrol investigation of sex trafficking in King, Pierce, and Thurston counties. Mikael Z. Williams, 18, was booked into the Pierce County jail Tuesday evening by Tacoma police, on suspicion of two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, a…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics:;, child sex trafficking, Mikael Z. Williams

January 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Two arriving planes delayed by bomb threats at SeaTac

Passengers on two arriving planes were delayed and then bused to the terminal following bomb threats Sunday afternoon, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Both planes were “cleared of security concerns” and passengers bused to the terminal, the airport tweeted around 6 p.m. The first one, JetBlue Flight 1006 from Long Beach, arrived around 4:15 p.m. from Long Beach. It…



January 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Dispute board: State should pay tunnel builders for Sodo groundwater headaches

The state should pay Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) for tackling severe groundwater flows around the launch pit in Sodo for the Highway 99 tunnel machine, a dispute resolution board says. STP  is seeking $20 million, based on a request two years ago.  That sum could be covered by the state’s existing tunnel contract, whose $1.44 billion total…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, Sodo

January 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Truck congestion eases Friday at Harbor Island

South Spokane Street and other roads around Terminal 18 became passable again Friday, after government agencies took steps to detour surging truck traffic. Police were sent to control intersections, temporary signs were added, and early-morning truckers were diverted to park at vacant Terminal 5 so they wouldn’t queue along upper and lower Spokane Street.  Unprecedented traffic…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: ILWU, Port of Seattle, Terminal 18

January 15, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Port truck congestion spilling onto I-5

UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. A sudden surge in port trucking on Harbor Island is causing extreme congestion that spills all the way onto I-5 as of mid-day Thursday, and it’s expected to happen again Friday. The Washington State Department of Transportation is using its electronic signs to tell motorists to avoid the West Seattle Bridge exit, where lines of…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Harbor Island, Port of Seattle, slowdown

January 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

City taking its own look at viaduct safety, as relations with WSDOT fray

Crews use a deep pit to repair Bertha, the Highway 99 tunneling machine. (WSDOT) The city of Seattle says it has hired its own engineering consultants to take an independent look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct, to see whether groundwater removal and other Highway 99 tunnel work poses a hazard. The $155,000 study by CH2M Hill…


Comments | More in Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Alaska Way Viaduct, bertha, Seattle Tunnel Partners

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