Alaskan Way viaduct http://kplu.org en Bertha Rescue Plan On Hold While Archaeologists Check Soil For Sites http://kplu.org/post/bertha-rescue-plan-hold-while-archaeologists-check-soil-sites <p>The plan to dig a shaft 12 stories deep to fix <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/bertha">Bertha</a>, the Seattle tunnel boring machine, has been put on hold while archaeologists&nbsp;make sure crews won’t dig through important historical sites.&nbsp;</p><p>On Thursday, workers started boring approximately 60 holes, each about as wide as a grapefruit, and digging as deep as 40 feet&nbsp;down through layers of Seattle's floor, which, at the moment, is also Bertha's ceiling.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:27:04 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 14828 at http://kplu.org Bertha Rescue Plan On Hold While Archaeologists Check Soil For Sites WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-cracks-found-viaduct-roadway-still-safe-traffic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State highway engineers will shut down a stretch of the Alaskan Way viaduct later this month to take a closer look at cracks found on the roadway.</span></p><p>What workers found during a routine inspection of the viaduct on March 1&nbsp;isn’t that unusual, says Tom Baker, an engineer with the Washington state Department of Transportation.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:37:16 +0000 Ed Ronco 14621 at http://kplu.org WSDOT: Cracks Found On Viaduct, But Roadway Still Safe For Traffic Seattle Tunnel Builders To Dig Shaft In Front Of Bertha For Repairs http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tunnel-builders-dig-shaft-front-bertha-repairs <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The Washington state Transportation Department says that, as expected, the contractors digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle will repair a seal system on the tunneling machine by digging a shaft in front of it.</p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:22:49 +0000 The Associated Press 13975 at http://kplu.org Seattle Tunnel Builders To Dig Shaft In Front Of Bertha For Repairs Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig' http://kplu.org/post/expert-berthas-woes-are-no-big-dig <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prospect of taking the State Route 99 tunneling machine known as Bertha offline for as much as half a year is not good news for the company operating it. But one Seattle tunneling expert says it could be worse.</span></p><p>“It’s really a problem with the machine itself. I think it’s something that can be repaired,” said the University of Washington’s Joseph Wartman. “And I think in a couple of years when the tunnel is open, people will have forgotten about this.”</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:39:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13776 at http://kplu.org Expert: Bertha's Woes Are No 'Big Dig' Contractor: Evidence Could Put Taxpayers On The Hook For Bertha Cost Overruns http://kplu.org/post/contractor-evidence-could-put-taxpayers-hook-bertha-cost-overruns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington transportation officials and the private contractor operating the tunneling machine known as Bertha disagree on what’s holding up progress on the Highway 99 tunnel project.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Neither had definitive answers, but appearing together&nbsp;Tuesday&nbsp;at a news conference, it became clear they’re leaning toward conflicting theories.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:17:40 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13531 at http://kplu.org Contractor: Evidence Could Put Taxpayers On The Hook For Bertha Cost Overruns WSDOT: Fixing Bertha 'Will Take Months' http://kplu.org/post/wsdot-fixing-bertha-will-take-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state contractor hasn’t yet decided how to fix the broken seal near Bertha’s bearing, but “either way, this process will take months,” said the state Department of Transportation late Monday.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 05:24:21 +0000 Martha Kang 13493 at http://kplu.org WSDOT: Fixing Bertha 'Will Take Months' Bertha: Broken, Not Blocked, Says WSDOT http://kplu.org/post/bertha-broken-not-blocked-says-wsdot <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">R</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">emember that big steel pipe —&nbsp;eight inches wide, part of an old well?</span></p><p>The Washington State Department of Transportation never actually accused that pipe of blocking Bertha, but it was <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-blocking-bertha-probably-steel-pipe-state-put-there-wsdot-says">definitely a prime suspect</a>.</p><p>But on Friday, WSDOT said the pipe isn’t, and never was, the problem.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:27:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13392 at http://kplu.org Bertha: Broken, Not Blocked, Says WSDOT Seattle Tunneling Operations On Hold Yet Again http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tunneling-operations-hold-yet-again <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Seattle's massive tunneling operation is on hold yet again due to ongoing problems with the world's largest boring machine.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>After a seven-week stoppage, crews restarted the tunneling machine earlier this week and moved it forward about two feet. Washington state's Department of Transportation said Friday that the machinery showed above-normal temperature readings when that movement occurred.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:11:33 +0000 The Associated Press 13085 at http://kplu.org Seattle Tunneling Operations On Hold Yet Again Tunneling Machine Bertha Moves Ahead 2 Feet http://kplu.org/post/tunneling-machine-bertha-moves-ahead-2-feet <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A Washington Transportation Department spokeswoman says the giant machine digging a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has advanced two more feet, far enough to allow crews to build the next concrete ring of the tunnel.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Tuesday's progress was the first for the machine in nearly two months, s<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-blocking-bertha-probably-steel-pipe-state-put-there-wsdot-says">ince it stalled Dec. 6</a> some 60 feet underground.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:54:14 +0000 The Associated Press 12992 at http://kplu.org Tunneling Machine Bertha Moves Ahead 2 Feet Senator: Seattle Should Pay For Tunnel Cost Overruns http://kplu.org/post/senator-seattle-should-pay-tunnel-cost-overruns <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A leading Republican in the state Senate says Seattle taxpayers should foot the bill for any potential cost overruns on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The machine digging a tunnel to replace the elevated highway along Seattle's waterfront has been stuck for more than a month, raising concerns that more funds will be needed for that $1.4 billion project.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:32:59 +0000 Chris Grygiel 12423 at http://kplu.org Senator: Seattle Should Pay For Tunnel Cost Overruns Seattle Mayoral Candidates: Who Pays if Tunnel Goes Over Budget? http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayoral-candidates-who-pays-if-tunnel-goes-over-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What if Seattle gets stuck with cost overruns on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project?</span></p><p>That question sparked a lively exchange on KING-TV between the two candidates for mayor of Seattle during their first televised debate.</p><p>During the hour long debate sponsored by KING-TV, KIRO-FM and The Seattle Times, Mayor Mike McGinn and Sen. Ed Murray traded jabs on everything from leadership style to police reform.</p><p>But their discussion of the tunnel project raised one of the most interesting questions. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:58:51 +0000 Paula Wissel 10377 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayoral Candidates: Who Pays if Tunnel Goes Over Budget? Boring Bertha Back to Eating Dirt after Month Delay http://kplu.org/post/boring-bertha-back-eating-dirt-after-month-delay <p></p><p>The drill known as Bertha is back to eating dirt after a slow start, then a delay, then a delay caused by the delay.</p><p>The massive machine boring the Highway 99 tunnel beneath Seattle had been sitting still while two labor unions duked it out over a handful of jobs.</p><p>Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week he’d brokered a deal in the dispute, and said the digging would resume after a few days.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 23:18:19 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10115 at http://kplu.org Boring Bertha Back to Eating Dirt after Month Delay Bertha, World's Largest Boring Machine, Ready to Dig http://kplu.org/post/bertha-worlds-largest-boring-machine-ready-dig <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The State Route 99 tunnel boring machine, better known by her nickname “Bertha,” is poised and ready to begin the dig under downtown. &nbsp;</span></p><p>To get a bird’s eye view, we climb three stories on temporary metal staircases near Pioneer Square.&nbsp;At the top, we’re standing on what remains of the lower deck of the Alaskan Way viaduct.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Monica Spain 9382 at http://kplu.org Bertha, World's Largest Boring Machine, Ready to Dig Mobile warnings of 'ratpocalypse' hit streets in Pioneer Square http://kplu.org/post/mobile-warnings-ratpocalypse-hit-streets-pioneer-square <p>Replacing Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is going to bring more than dust and noise; it’s also predicted to create a mass exodus of rats and cockroaches in search of quieter places to hide, feed and cause damage.</p><p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:43:35 +0000 Evan Hoover 6327 at http://kplu.org Mobile warnings of 'ratpocalypse' hit streets in Pioneer Square Future loss of parking challenging Pike Place Market http://kplu.org/post/future-loss-parking-challenging-pike-place-market <p>The complete removal of Seattle&rsquo;s Alaskan Way Viaduct is years away. The tunnel replacing it won&rsquo;t open till 2015.</p><p>But this summer marks a crucial moment for the iconic Pike Place Market as the waterfront is redeveloped.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:57:40 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5406 at http://kplu.org Future loss of parking challenging Pike Place Market