deep-bore tunnel http://kplu.org en Bertha, the Boring Machine, Digs Out of Launch Pit http://kplu.org/post/bertha-boring-machine-digs-out-launch-pit <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The machine boring a new Highway 99 tunnel under downtown Seattle has finally dug itself out of its own launch pit.</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 Transportation Department said Wednesday the 326-foot long machine it calls Bertha has drilled 359 feet.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:57:42 +0000 The Associated Press 10602 at http://kplu.org Bertha, the Boring Machine, Digs Out of Launch Pit Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging http://kplu.org/post/longshoremen-take-down-picket-line-bertha-resume-digging <p>The tunnel-boring machine known as Big Bertha will resume digging after longshoremen agreed to remove their picket line which had been in place since Aug. 20.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Tuesday said the I</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">nternational Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;agreed to let the project resume despite an unresolved labor dispute with the project contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, over four jobs.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:37:39 +0000 Austin Jenkins & Martha Kang 10032 at http://kplu.org Longshoremen Take Down Picket Line; Bertha to Resume Digging Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project http://kplu.org/post/labor-dispute-halts-some-work-seattles-tunnel-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle's waterfront tunnel project is huge. At its height, it's supposed to create almost 3,900 jobs. In a move that shows how important&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">each one of those jobs is, longshoremen headed out to a picket line to protect four of them.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that labor dispute&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over those four jobs has caused some work on the project to grind to a halt.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:05:42 +0000 Ashley Gross 9698 at http://kplu.org Labor Dispute Halts Some Work on Seattle's Tunnel Project 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 Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/bertha-worlds-largest-boring-machine-arrives-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bertha, the world's largest tunnel boring machine, has finally arrived in Seattle's Elliott Bay.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:01:51 +0000 Martha Kang & Keith Seinfeld 8256 at http://kplu.org Bertha, world's largest boring machine, arrives in Seattle Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop http://kplu.org/post/preparedness-and-special-equipment-make-seattle-tunnels-safe-say-fire-chiefs-satsop <p>This week, the Seattle Fire Department has been in training for what might be a nightmare scenario: the possibility of fire inside a deep-bore tunnel.&nbsp; A technical rescue team has been practicing at the unfinished nuclear power plant in Satsop, west of Olympia.</p><p>About a dozen firefighters are in a huddle at the base what was designed to be a cooling tower. It’s been re-purposed into one of the nation’s premiere training grounds for urban firefighters.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:44:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6758 at http://kplu.org Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop Officials break ground on Seattle's deep-bore tunnel http://kplu.org/post/officials-break-ground-seattles-deep-bore-tunnel <p>The long goodbye to Seattle&rsquo;s Alaskan Way Viaduct has begun.</p><p>With some ceremonial scoops of dirt, officials today began digging a pit for the giant machine that will chew up the earth under Seattle like a massive termite creating the deep-bore tunnel.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:21:15 +0000 Ashley Gross 5210 at http://kplu.org Officials break ground on Seattle's deep-bore tunnel