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Massive tunneling machine stuck under downtown
Seattle, fix could cost taxpayers millions

Fox News, by Dan Springer

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 5/8/2014 4:43:26 PM

At 57 feet in diameter, it´s touted as the world´s biggest tunneling machine. It was even given a name, Bertha. But now, after digging just over 1,000 feet, Bertha is broken down and stuck underneath Seattle´s downtown waterfront. And fixing the massive mess could cost taxpayers millions. The tunneling machine is the key workhorse in a $3.1 billion tunnel project aimed at replacing the Alaska Way Viaduct, a double-decker elevated highway that was damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. Bertha´s meltdown, though, has put the project in jeopardy of being the West Coast version of the biggest public works boondoggle in U.S. history,

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When you read stories like this and like the one the other day where a torch set the bridge on fire and it collapsed it makes you think of the days when the San Francisco Bridge and the Hoover Dam were built. Those are just but two examples. We are certainly living in different times.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oldsfc, 5/8/2014 5:01:36 PM     (No. 9841316)

The Dems seem to make a habit of this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kendet1946, 5/8/2014 5:40:36 PM     (No. 9841358)

Mighty expensive plug

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Reply 3 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 5/8/2014 6:00:57 PM     (No. 9841380)

Just one of many ways to cover up political graft.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 5/8/2014 6:16:15 PM     (No. 9841394)

Reminds me of the various incidents in Atlas Shrugged where nobody could fix anything because there weren´t any productive people left.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Screwgun, 5/8/2014 6:34:35 PM     (No. 9841429)

If they tear down the viaduct where will all the bums and hookers live?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamrock, 5/8/2014 6:42:36 PM     (No. 9841438)

So tax them,they are used to it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 5/8/2014 6:46:36 PM     (No. 9841442)

Return to orbit and nuke it, that´s the only way to be sure.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 5/8/2014 6:59:24 PM     (No. 9841466)

This will not be a problem. Obama will just sent US taxpayer dollars to bail out the west coast libs.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Axeman, 5/8/2014 7:27:02 PM     (No. 9841493)

They didn´t foresee having to change bearings???!!! Or the cutter head??? What´s wrong, doesn´t it have a reverse function? It can cut through solid rock but fails on a steel pipe? Overheated??? Araghhh! Tie the engineer to the front of it. Next time design one that you can detach the head from behind, pull the rest of the machine back, maintain it, then fetch the head and maintain it too. I know I don´t have the full story, maybe it was designed that way and broke down beyond that being possible to do. 57 feet is pretty big and heavy. Still, it seems as if there was a lot of mistakes made along the way.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: oh-heck, 5/8/2014 8:03:43 PM     (No. 9841539)

If it costs more to repair than to buy a new one, have a new one start about 200 feet back in the tunnel and start bypassing the broken one. Put a plaque in the finished tunnel to remind the taxpayers of what happens when they trust government to run the project.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LouD, 5/8/2014 8:20:19 PM     (No. 9841553)

I´ll bet it will surpass Boston´s Big Dig in cost.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ohyababy, 5/8/2014 8:59:20 PM     (No. 9841603)

Totally agree with #9!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KTWO, 5/8/2014 9:43:26 PM     (No. 9841632)

Little certainty in this story.

The talking head DOT figure praises the DOT . Big surprise, that!

Why would the contractor hit a metal well - whatever that means - if they knew it was there? And if such a well was known to be there why would the tunnel be planned to hit it?

Was removal of the well in the DOT schedule?

Inquiring minds want to know.



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Reply 14 - Posted by: Agent Orange, 5/8/2014 11:20:33 PM     (No. 9841712)

I lived in the Seattle area for a bit over 20 years in the 70s and then again in the 90s. The WA-DOT is one of the most corrupt, blotted and mismanaged over staffed departments in all of Washington State, and that is really saying a mouth full.

Everything is a cost over run, the new 520 floating bridge sections had to be replaced because they were cracking and the WA-DOT designed them wrong, the ferries that run in Puget Sound are run by the union and everything now cost three times of what it would cost in a conservative environment, but has anyone in the state been fired? Of course not! Will the taxpayers have to bite the bullet on this one as they have on every other WA-DOT mismanaged project, of course they will. That is how they do business in Washington State, that is why I now call AZ my home….

BTW…Hawaii is worse, but then we have CA.

Cheers……MSgt USAF (ret)

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Reply 15 - Posted by: civilservant, 5/9/2014 9:17:59 AM     (No. 9842022)

Well, #14 don´t stand so ´proudly´......even though Cali spends approximately $700K per mile for maintenance etc.... we here in NJ got the WHOLE country beat.....
$1.2 MILLION per mile!!!!!

NJ, we taught Illinois how to be corrupt.

I think that would look better on our license plates as opposed to "The Garden State".

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