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Crews begin installation of Big Bertha’s new seal system

Crews begin installation of Big Bertha’s new seal...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jun 16, 2015

While the rest of her massive frame waits below ground, Big Bertha has undergone the most pivotal portion of her ...

Top FHWA official says unfinished Spokane project proves need for long-term highway bill

Top FHWA official says unfinished Spokane project...

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s acting administrator toured the incomplete North Spokane Corridor last week and said the half-built project ...

Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

Now that crews are well into the process of dismantling her front-end for necessary repairs, it's clear that damage to ...

Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more warning about pipe struck by Big Bertha before stall

Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 12, 2015

In regard to the drilling of the new State Route 99 tunnel below Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation ...

Excavation stopped on Big Bertha repair pit due to major ground sinkage in area

Excavation stopped on Big Bertha repair pit due to...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Dec 15, 2014

The latest in a long string of delays to affect tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha has far greater implications than any of the ...

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking a chunk out of each (PHOTOS)

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jul 23, 2014

While being hauled by a truck traveling through Thurston County, Washington, last week, an excavator's boom collided with five different ...

Camera gives a live view of construction on Big Bertha’s 12-story repair access pit

Camera gives a live view of construction on Big...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 13, 2014

Just because Big Bertha is down for nearly a year, that doesn't mean work around the world's largest tunnel boring ...

Repairs to Big Bertha will require a 12-story pit and removing the tunnel-boring machine’s cutterhead

Repairs to Big Bertha will require a 12-story pit and...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Feb 28, 2014

Officials from the Washington State Department of Transportation have announced that in order to repair the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, ...

Tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha shut down for “months” due to complexity of needed repairs

Tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha shut down for...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Feb 11, 2014

Washington State Department of Transportation officials say Big Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, is likely out of commission for ...

Tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha moves forward 2 feet in test run to see if blockage is fully removed

Tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha moves forward 2 feet...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jan 31, 2014

After nearly two months of downtime caused by a steel pipe stuck in her teeth, Big Bertha, the world's largest ...

A steel pipe is what brought Big Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel-boring machine, to a halt

A steel pipe is what brought Big Bertha, the...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Jan 06, 2014

The mystery is solved—in part at least. After Big Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, was brought to an abrupt halt ...

Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Seattle’s Big Bertha halted by mystery object

Unstoppable Force, Immovable Object: Seattle’s...

Posted by Wayne Grayson on Dec 19, 2013

Has Big Bertha met her match? She has, at least for the time being. The world's largest tunnel-boring machine was recently ...

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