Bertha, the machine boring the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle, will not resume digging until the end of March 2015 and that the tunnel will not open until November 2016, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
It seems that everything connected with the effort to dig a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle is big — from the tunneling machine that stopped working last December, to a large plywood wall planned to shield neighbors from the noise of repairing the machine.
An official for the contractor boring the Seattle Highway 99 tunnel says a six month delay in the stalled construction is a “slightly optimistic” forecast.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct has sunk nearly half-an-inch at one location where a machine has been boring a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle.
The world’s largest tunnel boring machine has resumed digging its way under downtown Seattle.
Longshoremen are picketing at the site of Seattle’s $3.1 billion tunnel project, arguing that four jobs along the waterfront have been improperly given to other union workers.