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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…


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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…


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May 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Bertha’s repair pit now under construction

Crews this week began building a repair pit next to stranded tunnel-boring machine Bertha, while the state released new images of how the front end would be lifted out this fall.  A Washington State Department of Transportation pit-cam is webcasting the work. A WSDOT update this week unveiled some conceptual strategies that are either…


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April 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Saturday Memo: Tunnel costs rising … How fair is the pot lottery?… Sounders play at home

Weather: High 50s, with showers coming this afternoon and lasting into the night. National Weather Service forecast Tunnel contractors seek more state money: The contractor of the stalled Highway 99 tunnel project has requested $62.6 million in change orders on top of a $125 million filing related to repairing the tunnel-boring machine. Documents…


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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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January 15, 2014 at 4:16 PM

State has long had concerns about Bertha, wants answers — today

The state Department of Transportation says it’s been concerned about the operations of tunnel machine Bertha since its July 30 launch — long before the blockage that has left it stranded 60 feet deep near Pioneer Square for more than a month. In a note to lawmakers today, WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson said she has “concerns about the…


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November 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Feds: Tunnel contractor, state failing to hire women and minorities

Seattle Tunnel Partners and the state Department of Transportation have failed to make a good-faith effort to meet their hiring goals for small businesses owned by minorities and women, according to a report issued today by the Federal Highway Administration. With the job roughly one-third complete, the tunnel contractors have paid out only 1 percent of…


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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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