OLYMPIA — Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that after weeks of sitting idle, the tunnel boring machine known as Bertha will resume drilling soon.
The Longshore Union has agreed to stop picketing outside the tunneling project so work can continue.
The Longshore Union began picketing the project over a dispute over jobs back in August. According to the governor’s office, no resolution has been made in the dispute. Talks will continue as the drilling work resumes.
Washington State’s Department of Transportation announced Monday that the tunneling project would eventually close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for two weeks. That closure of the viaduct could happen early next year.
This is all part of a $3 billion tunnel project that is expected to be completed by late 2015.