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World's Largest Tunnel Boring Machine Arrives In Seattle [Photo in Comments]
KING 5 News ^ | 02 April 2013

Posted on 04/02/2013 10:48:09 PM PDT by zeestephen

The world's widest tunnel boring machine arrived in Seattle in pieces Tuesday aboard a ship from Japan. It will be reassembled in a pit to begin the year-long dig to create a two-mile tunnel under downtown Seattle.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: boring; seattle; tbm; washingtonstate

1 posted on 04/02/2013 10:48:09 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
The $80 million machine called Bertha was built at a factory in Osaka.

The new tunnel section of Highway 99 replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct will have a diameter of nearly 58 feet.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct has a high risk for collapse in a major earthquake and must be replaced.

Tunneling will open up a major waterfront piece of land for new parks and development.

2 posted on 04/02/2013 10:57:03 PM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Boring.


3 posted on 04/02/2013 10:57:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: zeestephen

Well it certainly won’t be boring.


4 posted on 04/02/2013 10:58:06 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: zeestephen

Look out, masseuses. Algore is back in the Great Northwest.


5 posted on 04/02/2013 11:00:54 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: zeestephen

Wonder why they didn’t just use a couple of those ginormous, earth-burrowing worm creatures from that movie ‘Tremors’.
Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward and Rebate McEntyre practically had them on leashes. It’s because they don’t really exist, isn’t it?


6 posted on 04/02/2013 11:08:03 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: zeestephen

*yawn* Very boring. Even more so than the Boring Lava Field near Portland, OR.

Wake me when these things actually save money over traditional tunneling methods (mysteriously, they cost way, way more).


7 posted on 04/02/2013 11:11:21 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: tumblindice

Rebate=Reba
(Darn you auto correct. But it’s a made-up name anyway ‘cause she really doesn’t exist.)


8 posted on 04/02/2013 11:11:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: zeestephen

9 posted on 04/02/2013 11:14:38 PM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: zeestephen

“Tunneling will open up a major waterfront piece of land for new parks and development.”

A tunnel to nowhere?


10 posted on 04/02/2013 11:30:00 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: tumblindice

Fun movies.


11 posted on 04/03/2013 12:40:44 AM PDT by laplata (The Answer To 1984 Is 1776)
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To: zeestephen

It may be the world’s largest boring machine, but it wouldn’t make a miniscule peephole in our national debt, or, for that matter, in President Hussein’s indifference to the most basic principles of ethics and morality.


12 posted on 04/03/2013 1:20:24 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: dfwgator

Some of the most difficult and rapid-changing geology around, under the water table, going under hundreds of Downtown Seattle buildings, and IIRC it is 10-feet larger in diameter than any other tunneling machine use in the USA. Anything but boring.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 1:35:04 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: zeestephen
The Alaskan Way Viaduct has a high risk for collapse in a major earthquake and must be replaced.

And a tunnel is completely safe in an earthquake?

14 posted on 04/03/2013 1:39:33 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: tumblindice
How can you mention "Tremors" without including Burt Gummer?


15 posted on 04/03/2013 2:10:43 AM PDT by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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To: Fresh Wind
When the predicted 9.0 quake happens, and if the viaduct is shaken to the ground, the Media will film the horror of all that twisted concrete, cars, and bodies.

Now, when the predicted 9.0 quake happens, the tunnel will just collapse burring any unsightly problems. Nothing to see there.

Only on the Farside, in lefty King County - its power over the rest of the State gone to its collective head - would actually pursue this 30 year old ‘pipe’ dream.

16 posted on 04/03/2013 3:16:15 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: zeestephen
At one time the World's Largest boring machines were built in Seattle.
17 posted on 04/03/2013 3:23:20 AM PDT by StevieB
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To: StevieB

Now, Seattle is truly home to the world’s most boring folks. All home built. Oregon is second, bar none. All the rest are third placed by tie dye faux. Good effort Austin, Texas.


18 posted on 04/03/2013 3:52:07 AM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: zeestephen

Surprised it’s not on its way to Mexico.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 4:00:18 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: zeestephen

>>World’s Largest Tunnel Boring Machine...<<

From Madonna’s “Marital Aide” collection...


20 posted on 04/03/2013 4:27:21 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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To: tumblindice
Wonder why they didn’t just use a couple of those ginormous, earth-burrowing worm creatures...It’s because they don’t really exist, isn’t it?

No, it's because the graboids can only burrow thru dirt and sand, not rocks........Sheesh, everybody knows that.

21 posted on 04/03/2013 4:35:16 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: zeestephen
That may be the world's largest drill but this is the world's largest earth mover.....


22 posted on 04/03/2013 4:39:59 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Hot Tabasco

What is that? The "Swiss Army Knife" approach to earth moving?

23 posted on 04/03/2013 4:47:02 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg
The "Swiss Army Knife" approach

LOL! It does look like one doesn't it?

24 posted on 04/03/2013 4:48:52 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: zeestephen

what kind of insanity digs a huge tunnel under a city deliberately??????????????


25 posted on 04/03/2013 5:44:49 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mad Dawgg

It’s not really an earth mover...bucket-wheel excavator for coal strip mining.


26 posted on 04/03/2013 6:19:22 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Fresh Wind

Agree - tunnels are not earthquake proof.

However, the Viaduct is 60 years old, double decked, and threatens to pancake everything on the first tier and at street level, like those horrible photos from Oakland and Japan from about 20 years ago.

Above ground construction is much cheaper, but the Viaduct and I-5 are downtown Seattle eyesores and severe noise polluters.

Please don’t ban me from Free Republic, but I actually voted for the much more expensive tunnel.


27 posted on 04/03/2013 9:28:18 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

I was talking with a tunnel expert just the other day. He said that tunnels hold up very well under earthquakes. He was at one for repairs after a fault ruptured right through the tunnel. Offset the tunnel by 3 or 4 feet, but the damage was confined to just the area (+/- 20’) where the fault sliced through it! That surprised me.


28 posted on 04/03/2013 11:09:42 AM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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