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April 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Tunnel contractors: Bertha stall may cost $125M

The costs to repair and restart Bertha, the Highway 99 tunneling machine, are somewhere close to $125 million, a senior executive says. Chris Dixon, project director for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), mentioned the figure during a midday briefing today to The Seattle Times’ Editorial Board, which is responsible for writing and choosing opinion pieces. However, the $125 million…

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April 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Bertha won’t resume tunneling for nearly a year

The world’s biggest tunnel boring machine will remain stuck along the Seattle waterfront until March 2015 — six months later than an earlier Sept. 1 restart goal. Seattle Tunnel Partners will take until late summer just to dig a deep repair shaft lined with vertical concrete pillars. Then comes one of the biggest…

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April 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

A noise wall for work on tunnel machine Bertha

Workers at the Highway 99 tunnel site are building a plywood noise wall this week, so Seattle Tunnel Partners can get permission from the city to work at night. STP will dig an 83-foot diameter, 120-foot deep circular pit to perform front-end repairs on the drill called Bertha, which has advanced only four feet since Dec….

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March 16, 2014 at 11:27 PM

How Bertha chipped her teeth

Photos from Seattle Tunnel Partners’ winter inspections bear witness to the extremely abrasive soils that lurk below downtown Seattle, and perhaps contributed to tunnel machine Bertha’s lengthy stoppage. Project directors have already reported that drill teeth are wearing out and being replaced faster than expected — no mean feat, given that Lynn Peterson, the Washington State Department…

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March 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Soil near Bertha to be searched for artifacts

Before contractors dig a pit to repair the front end of  the Highway 99 tunnel machine, a grid of 60 narrow test holes will be drilled there to check for historic artifacts. The probing will take about one week, said Steve Archer, cultural resources specialist for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).  Archer doesn’t necessarily expect…

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March 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Saturday Memo: Oil slicks found … Highway 99 work goes on … Sounders FC season opener

Weather: Temperatures in the mid-50s are in the forecast and it will almost certainly rain. Consider today’s comic a cautionary tale. More from the National Weather Service forecast. Plane missing, oil slicks found: The two large slicks off the Vietnamese coast are the first sign that the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, carrying 239 passengers…

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March 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha to be stuck all summer … Pearl Jam embezzler sentenced … Bluegrass in Bellevue

Traffic: Expect delays in downtown Seattle this weekend as Highway 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street will close from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The closures allow crews to conduct a routine inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and, on Sunday, a charity race. Weather: In the 40s today. Windy,…

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February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Tunnel contractors aim for a Sept. 1 restart for Bertha

Chris Dixon, project director for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), told reporters Friday that his team has set a Sept. 1 goal to restart stranded boring machine Bertha. That would amount to a nine-month stoppage overall. The world’s widest tunnel-boring machine halted Dec. 7 when it overheated, and sand was found in the grease around the main…

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February 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Wednesday Memo: Bertha a lemon? … No texting please … Welcome Chewy

Wouldn’t you know it? Bertha’s big troubles started in Japan with damaged seals. It’s difficult not to compare this to buying a lemon of a car — a very big, expensive one. Let’s hope that any extra costs stemming from these fixes doesn’t come out of our pockets. The way things are set…

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