January 28, 2016
SEATTLE -- The Highway 99 tunnel boring machine Bertha will not resume digging anytime soon.
state said Thursday it will not let Seattle Tunnel Partners resume work
until it gets better answers as to why a sinkhole suddenly formed
earlier this month.
Governor Jay Inslee suspended drilling January
13. Last week the contractor sent the state more than 60 pages to
explain why the sinkhole formed, but the state said the explanation was
“We're all eager to get this project completed, but
we have to understand the safety concerns of this. I've heard the
contractor sort of downplay the significance of sinkholes, like no big
deal. Well excuse me, a sinkhole under the viaduct or a brick building
in Seattle is a big deal,” said Inslee.
There is no word yet who - the contractor or the state -- will pay for the delay.