Wash. DOT says many of Big Bertha’s cutter-head openings are clogged with dirt and debris.
Seattle’s massive tunneling operation is on hold yet again due to ongoing problems with the world’s largest boring machine, officials said Friday.
The giant machine digging a highway tunnel under Seattle is expected to resume light work this week, but officials still don’t know what stopped the giant drill for nearly two months, the Washington State Transportation Department said late Monday.
Crews have found a hard object more than 3 feet wide lodged in the tunneling machine that’s currently stalled 60 feet under the city of Seattle, officials said Wednesday.
The Transportation Department says help is on the way for a massive machine that became stuck last month while boring a tunnel under downtown Seattle.
The state Department of Transportation said Friday the 8-inch-diameter pipe was discovered protruding through an opening in the machine’s cutter-head.
The huge machine drilling a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle remains stalled by a mysterious blockage.
The contractors drilling a tunnel under downtown Seattle are closer to finding out what has blocked their boring machine.
The $80 million machine is designed to break up boulders, so what it hit is a mystery. It may be a huge boulder left by the last ice age. Others think it could be a buried rail car from pioneer days when the area was filled in.
Seattle’s tunnel-boring machine, known as ‘Big Bertha,’ hit an obstruction and is stuck