Workers at the Seattle tunnel project have started pulling pieces of the broken tunnel machine called Bertha to the surface for repairs.
The manager for the troubled Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project told lawmakers Thursday that the state and the contractor are still battling over tens of millions of dollars in repairs dating back to 2012, but even if the contractor declares bankruptcy tomorrow, the project could still be completed.
Police say 19 protesters were arrested in the Martin Luther King holiday demonstration that blocked traffic on Highway 99 and the Mercer exit from Interstate 5 in the South Lake Union area.
The Seattle City Council expects to learn more Monday about the extent of problems from the attempt to repair the machine that broke down while boring a highway tunnel under the city.
Settling soil has caused a contractor building the Highway 99 tunnel beneath downtown Seattle to stop work on a pit being dug to reach a stalled digging machine known as Bertha, the state said.
The new tunnel would allow workers to dig up and repair the now-stuck boring machine
A routine inspection was conducted the weekend of March 1-2 and discovered new and widening cracks near Spring and Seneca streets.
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.
A local pest control company says it’s seeing an increase in business because of the Highway 99 tunnel project as rats are sent scurrying from their hiding places.
The world’s largest tunneling machine is sinking its teeth into the soil under downtown Seattle.