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February 18, 2015 at 9:32 AM

UPDATE: Bertha digs 6 feet toward repair pit

UPDATE 4 p.m. During a briefing to the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday afternoon, Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said that Bertha has now mined six feet toward the repair pit. Peterson added that the project contractors, Seattle Tunnel Partners, are operating Bertha “at a slow, even pace to make sure she does not overheat and that…

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September 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Bertha burrows ahead 3 feet

Tunnel-boring machine Bertha dug forward three feet Thursday and Friday, to get ready for fall repairs, the state Department of Transportation said Monday. “We were just pleased we were able to move three feet, after it sat so long,” said Chris Dixon, executive director of contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners, in a phone interview Monday. The giant drill’s cutter…

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May 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Police: Snohomish man holds breath in tunnel until he faints, causes 3-car crash

The Associated Press MANNING, Ore. — Oregon State Police say a 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland. According to police the Snohomish man told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel west near the…

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January 8, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Digging down to stuck Seattle tunnel machine Bertha

The Associated Press The Transportation Department says help is on the way for the massive machine Bertha that became stuck last month while boring a tunnel under downtown Seattle. The department said crews started drilling 5-foot wide shafts Tuesday in front of the machine. Bertha ground to a halt on Dec. 6 after running into the…

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December 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Thursday Memo: Golden guns … Retired justice dies … Bertha poll

Gun-rights groups are big spenders: At least when it comes to giving money to our state’s politicians. They’ve spent more than 18 times as much money as gun-control groups over the past two dozen years, says a new report. Supreme Court justice dies: Retired state Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers, who grew up…

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October 29, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Homeless campers’ fire caused Monday’s light-rail shutdown

A garbage fire set by homeless campers on Beacon Hill was the source of smoke that got into a light-rail tunnel Monday evening. The smoke halted rail service shortly after 6 p.m., and full service wasn’t restored until 8 p.m. The incident began when Link rail operators reported what smelled like electrical smoke at the Beacon Hill,…

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September 23, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Tunnel boring machine resumes digging in Seattle

  The Associated Press The world’s largest tunnel boring machine has resumed digging its way under downtown Seattle. Worked resumed at 4:48 a.m. Monday, after being shut down since Aug. 20 by a labor dispute, said Transportation Department spokeswoman KaDeena Yerkan. The Longshore union had put up a picket line in a dispute with another union over four…

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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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March 7, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Bertha, world’s largest tunneling machine, heading for Seattle

The Associated Press  The world’s largest-diameter tunnel boring machine is being loaded in 41 pieces onto a ship in Japan for a trip to Seattle. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the $80 million machine called Bertha was built at a factory in Osaka and is expected to arrive by the end of the month. Bertha will be…

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