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September 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Further delay for Bertha the tunnel machine

The Associated Press Boring at Seattle’s $2 billion tunnel project has been delayed again until next week. Officials with contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners said Friday that the boring machine is going through more tests before it can be restarted. They say some of the early material that the machine was tunneling through apparently had a chance to…

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April 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Mammoth tunnel drilling machine arrives in Seattle

From Transportation Reporter Mike Lindblom: “Bertha,” the mammoth Highway 99 tunnel drilling machine, arrived in Seattle on Tuesday from Japan. The ship may dock Wednesday at Terminal 46, where 41 pieces, weighing 6,700 tons, will be unloaded over two weeks. Container ships take priority, so the ship likely will move on and offshore. The green…

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April 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Where’s Bertha? Track the tunnel digger’s approach

Tunnel-boring machine “Bertha” arrives on the M/V Fairpartner in Elliott Bay. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) The ship bearing Bertha, the enormous boring machine that will excavate the new Highway 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle, is on its final approach to downtown Seattle. If you’d like to find out where to go to…

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March 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Highway 99 tunnel machine begins voyage to Seattle

The Jumbo Fairpartner is one of the few ships capable of bringing the tunnel boring machine across the sea. The giant Highway 99 tunnel-boring machine left Osaka harbor, Japan, at 1:40 a.m. Seattle time on Tuesday. The boring machine is nicknamed after Seattle mayor Bertha Knight Landes. It should reach Terminal 46 in Seattle around April 1, the state…

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