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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Seattle tunneling machine digs out of launch pit

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Seattle-tunneling-machine-digs-out-of-launch-pit-4920317.php

October 23, 2013


 In this photo made with a fish-eye wide-angle lens, "Bertha," the massive tunnel-boring machine that is expected to spend the next 14 months drilling a two-mile tunnel to replace the 60-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct, is shown ready to begin drilling later this month, Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Seattle. The tunnel will replace the viaduct, a double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP / AP
 In this photo made with a fish-eye wide-angle lens, "Bertha," the massive tunnel-boring machine that is expected to spend the next 14 months drilling a two-mile tunnel to replace the 60-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct, is shown ready to begin drilling later this month, Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Seattle. 
The tunnel will replace the viaduct, a double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront.

The machine boring a new Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle has finally dug itself out of its own launch pit.

The Transportation Department said Wednesday the 326-foot long machine it calls Bertha has drilled 359 feet.

Spokeswoman KaDeena Yerkan says the trailing gear has disappeared into the tunnel.

Yerkan says Bertha is operating well but is still in the initial phase with about 9,000 feet to go.
The world's largest tunnel boring machine is creating a tunnel nearly 58 feet in diameter as part of the $3.1 billion project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront.

Digging began July 30 but soon shut down for about a month in a labor dispute before it resumed on Sept. 23.