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Bertha update: More study needed before tunneling can resume

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Bertha in the launch pit (Courtesy: WSDOT)

SEATTLE — Bertha is stalled yet again, after the machinery overheated. This comes after crews were able to push the machinery forward about two feet on Tuesday.

WSDOT says the above-normal temperature readings Bertha is feeding back is similar to what stopped her progress in January. Outside tunneling experts are meeting with project teams and WSDOT next week to help determine what to do next.

It is still unknown what issues Bertha is facing underground. Crews say moving two feet this week created enough space to build the next concrete tunnel liner ring.

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2 Comments to “Bertha update: More study needed before tunneling can resume”

    The World is Ending said:
    January 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    My biggest question is, who is making the most money over all the delays?

    My View said:
    February 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Kind of late for MORE studies isn't it, should have built a boulevard instead. I'd say live and learn, but you can't teach a dead horse new tricks.

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