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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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September 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Why isn’t Bertha moving yet?

Despite a halt to the longshore union’s picketing Tuesday, tunnel-boring machine Bertha needs a few days before it can restart. One might expect drilling to begin immediately, given that Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) had four weeks of delay to prepare. But it’s not that simple, contractor and state officials say: Workers need a couple days to finish adjustments that…


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