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February 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha has damage … Inflated parade count? … Russell Wilson’s college days

Weather: National Weather Service forecast Traffic: The 520 bridge is closed this weekend, set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday. The closure is related to work for the bridge-replacement project. Tunnel machine damaged: Now comes word that a critical seal is damaged inside tunnel-machine Bertha, and work may not resume for weeks. The shutdown…

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January 29, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Wednesday Memo: Beast’s Least Mode … Bertha digs … Boeing profit

The Beast on media day: Times columnist Larry Stone says the Hawks’ Marshawn Lynch was in “Least Mode” yesterday and played the media game by his rules. Lo and behold: Tunnel machine creeps ahead two feet. Churn baby, churn. Makes you wonder what the Machinists think about this: Demand for planes boosts Boeing…

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January 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Rock was just the right size to get stuck in Bertha

A rock or concrete piece that workers found lodged in the Highway 99 tunnel machine cutter head is about 3.5 feet wide, state transportation spokeswoman Laura Newborn said today. That measurement is meaningful for a few reasons. Tunnel machine Bertha is designed to digest boulders of up to 3 feet in diameter, by pulling them through the conveyor system….

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January 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Saturday Memo: Machinists say yes … A pipe blocks Bertha … Pay raise for Seattle workers

Weather: Glistening, sunny, in the 40s. The National Weather Service forecast Boeing: A divided Machinists union accepted Boeing’s contract proposal Friday by a slim 51 percent. The deal passed despite a full-throated Vote No campaign led by the union’s local leadership. As the result was announced inside the Seattle union hall filled with Machinists…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: $15-an-hour minimum wage, bertha, Boeing

September 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Saturday Memo: Rain on the way … Bertha can’t move … Football and the fair

Weather: Mid-60s today. And rain is coming later today, with lots more predicted for Sunday. Starting to be the kind of weather when watching football on the couch sounds pretty good. The forecast. Traffic alert for South Seattle and West Seattle: The northbound I-5 offramp to the West Seattle Bridge and lower Spokane Street/Sixth Avenue South are…

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September 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Inslee: Highway 99 tunnel drilling to resume in days

Union longshoremen are taking down their picket line this morning, and digging should resume in a few days at the Highway 99 tunnel project, Gov. Jay Inslee said. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) agreed to end picketing while talks continue about who will load the excavated muck onto barges as the giant tunnel machine churns through the…

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